Born in Barry, Lee played for the town's junior rugby team before moving on to represent the Llandaff club at the same age level.
Educated at Glantaf school in Cardiff, Lee's tremendous potential was rewarded with a sports scholarship to the New College.
The next step up was to Cardiff Youth, where Lee emerged as a prolific points scoring outside half.
Lee joined the Pontypridd Academy for the 2002 season, undergoing a positional change to inside centre whilst still piling up the points with his long range goal kicking.
International honours soon followed with the Wales FIRA under 19 team, including a trip to the World Cup in France in the spring of 2003.
Having already made an impressive first team debut against Neath whilst still with the under 21s, Lee became a key member of the Ponty senior squad for the 2003/04 premiership campaign.
Fulfilling his huge potential, Lee Thomas went on to represent the Celtic Warriors, Cardiff Blues, Sale Sharks, Lyon OC and Wasps.