FORMER Wrexham manager Brian Flynn will be waiting by the telephone this summer to help mend a few broken hearts.
Since joining Wales boss John Toshack's coaching staff and given the responsibility of overseeing youth development between the ages of 17 and 21, Flynn has crisscrossed the country and visited virtually every professional club in England to meet and get to know promising Welsh youngsters.
Inevitably, though, some - particularly those at Premiership club Academies - werr released at the end of this season, among them Manchester United teenager Ramon Caliste and Adam Birchall, a young Arsenal striker who spent much of the campaign on loan at League Two Wycombe Wanderers.
As well as lending a sympathetic ear, Flynn is ready to ensure that they do not become disillusioned with the game and fall by the wayside "I'm actually in the process of helping Adam at Arsenal at the moment," he said. "It's a difficult time for young players whose dreams have been shattered but I'm there to help.
"They can come through me and, where I'm able, I will open other doors for them. But it's up to them to tell me what they want to do and how they see their career developing from this point on.
"I had similar experiences at club level where it was my job sometimes to release players but I always asked them what their plans were and if I could help them in any way."
Flynn, who this week is out in Spain with Toshack at a training camp for a mixed group of senior Wales internationals and several of his promising under-21 players, said Premiership defenders Mark Delaney and Danny Collins were both classic examples of players who had bounced back, despite being discarded as teenagers by Football League clubs.
"Mark Delaney went back to Carmarthen in the Welsh Premier League and when I was manager at Wrexham I got a call one day from ex-international colleague, John Mahoney," added Flynn.
"He was managing Carmarthen at the time and recommended Mark. He also phoned John Hollins at Swansea and Frank Burrows at Cardiff. Unfortunately I couldn't get down there at the time and two weeks later Mark signed for Cardiff.
"Within a few months he was on the way to Villa and a place in the senior Wales team. Danny Collins is another case in point of someone who had to go backwards in order to move forward so it's not the be-all and end-all if youngsters get released.
"We don't want to lose quality players so the important thing is to ensure they don't become disillusioned."
For Wrexham midfielder Mark Jones the week-long camp is a long over-due opportunity to showcase his potential after injuries earlier in the season prevented any involvement with the new Wales regime established by Toshack following his appointment last November.
"It was a shock to be called up but its nice to be here," said the homegrown Racecourse youngster.
"I'm just going to enjoy it and try to impress the coaching staff and the manager."
Now 21, Jones revealed he intends to accept a new two-year deal at Wrexham, even though the club have been relegated to League Two.
"I've lived my whole life in the area so I don't want to go anywhere else and I've enjoyed every minute of my time with Wrexham," he added. "But next season I want to hold down a regular place in the team and be more consistent in terms of my performance.
"I only played in patches last year and I've got to do better. I'm quite confident about our chances next season because every time we've played teams in League Two we've dominated the games, even though on occasions we failed to score the goals necessary to win the games.
"I think we can bounce straight back up next season."