MIKE RAYER says the decision to allow Alex Rae to join London Wasps this week was in the best interest of Bedford Blues and the player.
The second-row forward signed a one-year deal with the Goldington Road club in the summer but asked this week to be released to enable him to fulfil his ambition of again playing rugby in the top flight. He spent three seasons at Northampton Saints.
Bedford have been remunerated by Wasps for Rae.
"We had to look at it two ways," Rayer said. "We looked at it from a business perspective and an individual perspective. He was desperate to go and desperate to get a crack at that level again."
Rayer revealed they almost lost the player to a Premiership club in the summer and that news of Wasps' interest only surfaced this week. The London club moved for Rae to cover for the injured Tom Palmer and Joe Lauchbury, who had emerged as a key player in the England team. "Alex has experience at this level and I am sure that he will prove to be a very useful addition," London Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young said
Rayer will challenge Tom Armes and Joe Vandermolen to step up and fill the void left by Rae before contemplating bringing in any reinforcements. Saracens' England Under-20 lock Tom Jubb could be an option.
"We are only a couple of injuries from being short but we have a fairly healthy squad," Rayer said.
Wasps also raided the Championship recently for Charlie Hayter while Saracens have plucked Petrus Du Plessis and Mouritz Botha from the league in recent season.
"Premiership sides normally look overseas, but there is some outstanding talent in this league," Rayer said. "I find the challenge of unearthing players in lower leagues very motivating and very satisfying."