Valley coach Ian Brownlee has accused his counterpart at DeA, Gary Cross, of poaching players and has called into question the 'rampant commercialism' prevalent in the territory's First Division. Angered over the 'defection' of the league champions' star winger Mark Solomon, Brownlee yesterday branded Cross as a 'super commercial rugby poacher'. Among the other Hong Kong internationals who have joined new First Division side DeA are Rob Grindlay (from Kowloon) and Grant Jamieson (Football Club), although the latter's move is still unconfirmed. 'The first I knew of Solomon leaving Valley and joining DeA was when I read it in the paper today. This is a sound example of commercialism run riot,' said Brownlee. 'Cross is a poacher.' Yesterday's Sports Post revealed that Hong Kong winger Solomon would join DeA this season. Cross said that Solomon had been 'exchanged in a trade-off' with former Police backrower and Hong Kong international John Dingley who has joined Valley. Brownlee denied that there had been any trade-off. 'I knew that Solomon had got a new job where he would be working for a senior DeA official. I thought it was incredible that he would work for a DeA member but still play for Valley,' said Brownlee. 'To know now that he will play for DeA comes as a shock. I knew that he got his new job on merit and was under no obligation to play for DeA.' According to Brownlee, Valley have been hit by a spate of top players leaving the club and will now have to look closely at the issue of whether they will be able to field two sides in the First Division. Among the first-team players who will be missing this season are centre Jeff Piper and wingers Miguel Rocha, Toby Hunn and Solomon. 'This is quite a significant loss. We don't have enough backs and we have to seriously re-consider whether we can field a second team in the First Division,' said Brownlee. The First Division this season will comprise eight teams - two each from Valley and Football Club, Aberdeen, DeA, Kowloon and Tigers. Last season, too, Valley said they would be unable to field two teams before going ahead and complying with the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's wishes to play two sides. But Brownlee says that this season is different with clubs like DeA and Aberdeen offering their players 'incentives', leaving Valley little chance of attracting new players. 'We offered free membership but no one seems to be interested,' he said. 'Other clubs are offering jobs and accommodation among other things. Football Club are giving free membership for players which is a lure as they have the facilities to offer. 'Although we are trying to make our side attractive, it is harder today than in the past. There is nothing we can do to fight back in this current climate.'