O’Connor talk just speculation, says Reds coach

IF YOU believe speculation, the Queensland Reds have already signed former Wallaby James O'Connor to a two-year deal.

But when pressed about the matter yesterday, Reds coach Richard Graham, who was in charge at the Western Force in 2011 when O'Connor (pictured) left the franchise after the breakdown of contract talks, refused to shed light on a reunion.

"There's only one piece missing isn't there, and that's confirmation from the Queensland Reds," Graham told reporters. "So at this point all that is speculation."

With the Reds set to lose backs Rod Davies and Dom Shipperley at the end of the Super Rugby season, they will clearly be in the market for quality replacements.

Shipperley, who's set to join the Melbourne Rebels in 2015, will not play again this year after having surgery on Sunday. He suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle just five minutes into Friday night's match against the Rebels in Melbourne.