Dragons legend Matt Cooper skips premiership reunion as bitter feud continues

Dragons legend Matt Cooper has skipped the club’s 2010 premiership reunion, citing the presence of former CEO Peter Doust as the major reason for his absence. 

Due to COVID restrictions in the past two years, St George Illawarra postponed their 10-year reunion celebrations until this past week and plenty of the heroes from the side were in attendance.

The likes of Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale and Jamie Soward all turned up for the occasion, while Rabbitohs assistant Ben Hornby and legendary coach Wayne Bennett also took part in the festivities.

But one man that was missing was Cooper, who has been at odds with the Dragons since his retirement back in 2013 and has been vocal about his disappointment in the club’s poor performances in recent years.

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Cooper took to social media on Saturday to explain his decision to skip the event, which came down the attendance of two people – Doust and an unnamed former player. 

Cooper also replied to a fan on Twitter and said ‘if only you knew what Doust did to me’ when questioned on why he missed the event. 

While the details regarding Cooper’s feud with the Dragons and Doust in particular are scarce, the belief is that the former NSW and Australian centre was promised a job with the Red V that the club never followed through with. 

Cooper was one of St George Illawarra’s best players of the modern era, scoring 125 tries in 244 games for the club.

The 43-year-old also played 13 State of Origin games for the Blues and seven Tests for the Kangaroos, and is regarded as one of the game’s best defensive centres. 

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