There is never a good time to be called into a room and told that your services are no longer required.
But, given the sporting world has been doused in uncertainty by the coronavirus pandemic, has there ever been a worse time?
Rugby’s revenue streams have dried up overnight with the Guinness PRO14 suspended indefinitely and no clear picture of when the sport can return.
As such, regions and the Welsh Rugby Union have had to cut back in the extreme in order to save as much money as possible and bid to survive the pandemic.
Players and backroom staff have seen salaries slashed and most have been placed on furlough, the government’s job retention scheme.
It’s a tough time for everyone involved in the sport but spare a thought for those who have just been told they won’t be getting a new contract.
As is customary under normal circumstances, in the last few weeks the regions have gone about confirming which players will be leaving their roster this summer.
The Cardiff Blues are the only region not to make such an announcement, but there are 26 players leaving the Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets this summer.
Some are fortunate enough to have new deals lined up with other clubs but some are currently stranded.
One such player is outgoing Ospreys flanker Will Jones, who was recently announced as one of eight players leaving the Liberty Stadium.
The 21-year-old homegrown talent came through the pathway at the region, captaining the under-16s and under-18s sides before going on to skipper Wales at under-20s level. He also led the region’s British and Irish Cup side.
Under Steve Tandy, Jones earned 5 Guinness PRO14 appearances for the region during the 2017/18 season, the same year he signed his first professional contract.
The region’s hierarchy branded the Swansea University student a natural leader and things were looking promising.
However, shortly before he signed his first deal, then-head coach Steve Tandy left the region and Jones has played two PRO14 matches since.
Jones also has a background in judo, which is said to give him enhanced capabilities when it comes to clearing bodies out of rucks.
Commenting in 2017, Rob McCusker said: “Will Jones is still young but he is already captain of our B & I team and always delivers on the pitch.
“I definitely see him as having the potential to go far in the game.
“Not only is a grafter, he’s also a hard guy.
“People say he’s a bit small, but with his judo background I’ve seen him flip guys who are twice the size of him.
“He doesn’t lack in physicality and hunger for that side of the game.”
With a prodigious age-grade career behind him, Jones showed bags of potential at the top level in his limited opportunities.
Jones was widely-regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the Welsh game but is now in search of an employer.
Among the 10 players leaving Rodney Parade this summer is another promising young star in Dafydd Buckland.
The 19-year-old has been a huge positive for the Wales under-20 side in recent years, taking his opportunity during the 2019 Six Nations when Harri Morgan was out with illness before going on to impress at the Junior World Championships that summer.
He was voted players’ player of the match when Wales stunned New Zealand 8-7 in Argentina.
A diminutive figure, the scrum-half makes up for what he may lack in size in other areas and is proven to be deadly when he catches a glimpse of the tryline.
At such a young age, there is still some learning to be done but he has shown the potential to cut it at the top level.
He has the ambition too, voicing his disappointment at a lack of opportunities at the Dragons before leaving the region.
His exploits with the under-20s perhaps demanded a bit more attention than he got at the Dragons but he would be a useful addition to teams looking to boost their squadron of No.9s.
Rodney Parade favourite Nic Cudd, leaving the Dragons after eight years, also warrants a mention.
The stalwart flanker has been a constant at the region but has had rotten luck with injury in more recent times. At the age of 31, he has bags of experience and would no doubt bring on younger back-rowers in a side.
Finally, also with significant experience to his name is Jonathan Evans, who has been shown the door at the Scarlets and is not thought to have secured his next move. You can read about the eight players leaving the region here.
In 2015, the Dragons signed Sarel Pretorius, leading to scrum-half Evans heading for pastures new despite being one of their best performers the previous season.
After a stint with Bath, he returned to Wales and had been a Scarlets player since 2016. But he’s found opportunities hard to come by more recently and has not had the greatest of fortunes on the fitness front.
Evans did come off the bench during the Scarlets’ rip-roaring PRO12 final victory in 2017 and went on to earn over 50 appearances for the region.
But the emergence of Kieran Hardy, coupled with injuries of his own, has perhaps forced him back down the pecking order at Parc y Scarlets.
Still only 27, Evans has plenty to offer.