The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) will hand out extra money to the clubs this year in a bid to sustain the interest in the game at all levels in Hong Kong. But even this carrot might not be enough to keep DeA in the First Division this season. It is understood that the HKRFU will give First Division clubs a maximum of $22,000 per month as 'coaching money' to ensure that they participate in the development of the game in the SAR. HKRFU executive director Allan Payne refused to disclose the amount of money the leading clubs will get. But he said the funds would be handed out on a sliding scale depending on the clubs' input to rugby. 'What we are giving the clubs is confidential. We will hand out a substantial sum and in return we want help from the clubs for the development initiative,' said Payne. Sports Post however learns that First Division clubs who field teams in the Second Division, have a mini-rugby and novice teams, could expect up to $22,000 per month. This money is apparently to pay for player-coaches. But even this lure might still not be enough to keep DeA in the First Division. The youngest premier league club are understood to be facing difficulties in fielding a team as a large number of key players are believed to have left or switched clubs. Paul Dingley is among the notable names who have left DeA. Dingley, who captained Hong Kong at the Pacific Rim Championships, has joined Valley with his move tied to work commitments. DeA chairman Trevor Gregory said every effort would be made to field a side in the top division, but admitted to facing grave problems. 'The biggest problems we are facing is that we lack the depth in resources, a number of players have moved on and we lack the facilities,' said Gregory. The long trek to King's Park for training has been cited as a turn-off by players, most of whom would prefer to train on Hong Kong Island. 'We are trying our best to plug the holes. 'We want to play in the First Division and hopefully we will be able to sort everything out,' added Gregory. DeA are looking at fielding sides in the First, Third and Fourth Divisions, two women's teams and two Colts teams. Long-term campaigner Leighton Duley has pitched in with a helping hand and will move from Kowloon to DeA. Plans are also afoot to bring back former Hong Kong vice-captain Wiremu Maunsell - deported last year by the Immigration Department after failing to re-enter Hong Kong.