Renegade rugby union player Quade Cooper has been dealt a dose of reality, with every NRL club slamming the door on a code switch.
Cooper has been labelled a mercenary and high maintenance after walking away from his contract negotiations with the Australian Rugby Union.
And no NRL club is prepared to take a risk on the former Queensland Reds playmaker, with all 16 clubs contacted by The Sunday Telegraph issuing an emphatic "no".
Despite the New Zealand Warriors having ample room to accommodate Cooper, new coach Matthew Elliott branded him too much of a risk.
It was a similar story at every other rugby league club.
From premiers Melbourne Storm to wooden-spooners the Parramatta Eels, no club was prepared to gamble on what Cooper might be able to bring to the table.