Rhydian Thomas, the managing director, a former college lecturer and Head of Campaigns, Promotions and Public Affairs for a national charity, has been working as a sports agent for 20 years, initially on a part-time basis in the field of rugby union, representing professional players, negotiating contracts and facilitating opportunities.
During this period, he obtained RFU Registered agent status, in 2009 (RFURA/09/015), one of the first fifteen agents ever in the UK, although he was representing rugby players since 2002. Rhydian also passed his exam enabling him to become an FA Licensed Agent in March 2004; Since the deregulation of licensed football agents by FIFA on 1st April 2015, he has been an FA Intermediary (IMS000178). In more recent years, he also passed his exam to become a licensed RFL rugby league agent (UK33), in April 2015, and the PCA Cricket agents’ exam, in 2016. Rhydian is also a UK Athletics Licensed Race Agent (3908088) and managed a former World Professional Darts Champion, as he is also a darts agent, having re-registered through the DRA in early 2021.
He has full professional indemnity insurance and clean and enhanced DBS reports, which enable him to deal with young players in rugby union, rugby league, cricket and football.
Since 2015, Rhydian has been a full-time sports management professional, running the GSF company, and focusing on football and rugby union. He currently represents 12 academy and professional footballers, ensuring that he can service all parties with the same level of professionalism. Nine of these clients have signed their second contracts with Rhydian and GSF, while three more clients are on their third successive representation contracts.
During his career, he has represented 8 international rugby players, negotiating all their club contracts and transfers with English Premiership, Pro 14 and English Championship clubs and regions. Indeed, Richard Hibbard, the British Lion, has been with Rhydian for over 18 years, his whole playing career. Over the years, Rhydian has negotiated rugby union playing contracts worth a combined £8m.
He has also negotiated and delivered professional football contracts for clients at Premier League, Championship, League One, National League and Scottish Championship football clubs.
He has FA and PFSA Level 1 certificates in Talent ID, is a qualified UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Adviser and has a Degree (2:1), Masters (MSc) and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Sports Law and is a fluent Spanish speaker.
He is a family man with four children and two grandchildren.