BEDWAS RFC say they will be considering legal measures against one of their players if he transfers to a rival club without their agreement.

In a statement, Bedwas RFC called on the Welsh Rugby Union to "act urgently to protect player contract integrity in the Principality Premiership" after Bedwas back Harley Thompson and Merthyr RFC began talks.

The statemen added that Harley Thompson has been with Bedwas RFC for the last four seasons, with the club "sticking by him through a prolonged injury". He was further contracted to play for the club for the 2016/17 season.

In the statement, it said officials from the club had talked to Merthyr RFC and these discussions had been "cordial and productive".

Mark Lewis, Director of Rugby at Bedwas said: “It appears that Merthyr have been told that Mr Thompson was free to play for them. This is not correct as he is contracted to us, having played for Bedwas against Llandovery RFC as recently as 1 October.”

“We need to have further urgent discussions with Mr Thompson in order to determine his playing future and how he intends to compensate us for this apparent breach of contract.”

Mr Lewis added: “It is vital that the WRU takes a proactive role in ensuring that players and clubs are all acting in good faith regarding player contracts. The Principality Premiership has undergone a lot of upheaval this season and this issue is a distraction for all involved.”