WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders is in talks with Liverpool midfielder Ryan Flynn about returning to the Racecourse for the new season.
Hot prospect Flynn spent the second half of last season with the Dragons, and his agent yesterday revealed the Reds want to farm him out again ahead of the new campaign.
Wrexham are expected to face stiff competition for the 20-year-old, who scored four goals in 21 appearances for the Dragons.
However, Saunders is hopeful he can persuade Flynn to return to the Racecourse after a spell in North Wales gave the Scottish youngster’s career the perfect boost last season.
Saunders said: “I’m hopeful he’ll come to us, although I know he’s probably got options.
“I’m hoping he’ll come back to us, and I’m hoping he’ll come back training stronger and fitter as he’ll be a year older. Hopefully he’ll have learned from last year and the time he spent with us will have done him good.”
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez believes another temporary switch will aid Flynn’s development, and a number of clubs are interested in him.
The youngster’s agent David Threlfall said: “Liverpool are prepared to loan out Ryan during this summer’s transfer window.
“This is a big year for Ryan and he wants to be playing regular first-team football to continue his development. I have had a few enquiries for Ryan and we will sit down and decide what is the best option for him before deciding where to go.”
Flynn graduated from Liverpool’s academy in the summer of 2006 after joining the club from Falkirk.
He was a key part of the club’s successive FA Youth Cup wins, scoring in the final against Manchester City in 2006 and bagging three goals during the 2007 campaign.
He is yet to make his senior debut for Liverpool but has featured in a number of pre-season friendlies.
Meanwhile, Saunders was last night preparing to welcome Polish teenager Adrian Cieslewicz from Manchester City.
Wrexham have agreed terms on a one-year-contract with attacking midfielder Cieslewicz, who has been at Eastlands for the past two and a half years and has represented Poland at under-19 level.
Saunders, who was due to pick him up last night, said: “He was released by Manchester City but he has been recommended to me by all the staff at the club.
“He’s really quick – I’m not going to put too much pressure on him because he’s still only 18 and he’s someone I’ve brought in for the long-term future of the club, but that’s not to say he can’t force his way into the first team next season.”
Saunders is now ready to step up his recruitment after shaving around £250,000 off Wrexham’s wage bill.
A host of players have been released including Jefferson Louis, Simon Spender, Carl Tremarco, Shaun Whalley, Nat Brown, Gavin Ward, Anthony Williams and Levi Mackin.
The manager said: “I’m talking to players all the time but I’ve spent most of the summer cleaning up the wage bill.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work but we’ve got rid of about £250,000 off the wage bill for a small amount of money.”