First Division champions Aberdeen have hit out strongly at Hong Kong Football Club for 'poaching' star lock forward Jack Wilson, describing the move as despicable and one that does not bode well for the long-term development of the game here. 'It is pretty annoying to have Jack stolen from us. What they have done will just make us despise Football Club more,' said Aberdeen chairman Richard Cooke yesterday. 'What they are doing is taking players from other clubs. What point does this serve. If Football Club are not careful, they will soon be playing in a league of their own.' Aberdeen said Wilson, who also turned out for Hong Kong in the second row last season, was lured to Football Club by the offer of a free sports membership. Aberdeen also charged Football Club with trying to buy success. 'It was Aberdeen who taught him to play rugby. He went because they offered a free debenture. You can't blame him. If the powers at Football Club did not make such offers, then individuals wouldn't have to make such decisions,' Cooke said. 'Football Club finished fourth last season and they are desperate to win something this season. So they have gone on a poaching drive.' Football Club chairman Alan Wragg denied that Wilson had been lured away. 'We did not poach him or anyone else. They approached us. There is nothing sinister about Wilson's move. He came because he wants to have our facilities around,' said Wragg. Apart from Wilson, Football Club have also acquired the services of Hong Kong captain and No 8 Paul Dingley and his Valley teammate, centre Luciano Afeaki. Dingley had said earlier that he was at a stage in his life where 'it was more appropriate to play for Football Club.' The move will help Dingley work-wise and also be beneficial for his family. 'We recognise that there are players who want to come to Football Club to raise their standard of living. We have not poached any players. Other clubs go outside Hong Kong and bring in players. We can't do that at Football Club. The only thing we can do is to use our facilities,' said Wragg. Dingley, Wilson and Afeaki have been offered debentures whereby for a period of two years their club membership dues have been waived. They will have to pay membership after this period expires. It costs $20,000 to join Football Club and the monthly subscription is $1,200. Aberdeen captain Ken Carnduff was also critical of Football Club's move to strengthen their First Division team for the 2002-03 season that begins at the end of this month. 'What annoys us is that Jack wasn't the only person they tried to get. I know they tried to get Jarrad [Gallagher] too. I have spoken to other clubs and I know that they tried to get players across the board,' Carnduff said. 'No way should Football Club tell players 'come and play for us'. This stinks. There is no need to poach players. I blame Football Club for waving such a big carrot.' The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union has asked its director of clubs, Leighton Duley, to review the movement of players between clubs. 'At the moment we have a rule which takes into account the movement of players in-season. But there is nothing that governs movement in-between seasons,' said HKRFU executive director Allan Payne. During the season, players can only switch clubs with the agreement of the chairmen of the clubs. And if they move, they will be forced to miss three weeks of rugby or three games. 'I will be producing a paper on this issue,' said Duley. 'But I can empathise with Aberdeen, I know where they are coming from.'