WREXHAM'S appearance in the LDV Vans Trophy final next month could help secure the club's long-term future, according to the administrators running the League One side.
David Acland, a partner in insolvency firm Begbies Traynor, has written to congratulate manager Denis Smith and his players following Tuesday's 1-0 win against Oldham Athletic.
And Acland hailed the Dragons' achievement in reaching the final as excellent news for the club's finances.
"This season has proved to be particularly testing for the club and as a result of recent events this achievement could not have come at a better time," he said yesterday..
"The club, its staff and players can be proud and everyone involved during these difficult times deserves a huge pat on the back.
"From our point of view the positive energy generated by this result has to increase the possibility of a rescue package being formulated in the short term and we will continue with our efforts on this front.
"We intend to repeat the message that the club is still for sale and for parties who are able to provide proof of funding to come forward as soon as possible."
With Wrexham in line for a six-figure payout from their involvement in the Millennium Stadium final on April 10, Acland said there were obvious financial implications.
"This result should have a positive impact, that goes without saying," he added. "Hopefully the team will now go on to stay in League One and the projected income will free up cash to ensure that the club's employees have no worries about their salaries in the next few months.
"And if their success helps to encourage a sale of the business that has to be a positive as well."
A Football League spokesman said clubs competing in previous finals had netted sums of between £100,000 and £500,000, with gate receipts producing the majority of the profits.
"I've been to finals attended by 77,000 fans and 23,000 and the participating clubs take a significant chunk of the receipts," he said..
"There is no specific television payment but the prize money - £50,000 for the winners and £25,000 for the runners-up - is not to be sneezed at and is equivalent to the amount paid out to the winners of the Championship.
"As far as other income is concerned, it's down to the commercial spin-offs that clubs are able to generate for themselves. The sale of corporate packages, memorabilia and replica shirts, together with organised transport to Cardiff, can be a significant revenue-earner."
Wrexham's opponents on April 10 are League Two side Southend, who were the beaten finalists last year. Club spokesman Ross Hill would not put a figure on what the club made last season but said it was a "substantial" sum of money..
"I'm sure Wrexham will be delighted to have got through," he said. "Everyone in football is aware of their current financial problems and it's a good chance to address some of them.
"But the main thing is that the final is a fantastic day out for the smaller league clubs like ourselves and their fans. We took 20,000 supporters to Cardiff last year and we expect to take at least as many again this time. We want to go one better than we did last year.
"There is added spice with it being England v Wales and I'm sure there will be a lot of Welsh football fans at Cardiff who will be rooting for Wrexham due to what's happened up there."