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Sheffield United re-sign Ched Evans from Chesterfield on three-year deal

Date Posted,May 8, 2017

Sheffield United have confirmed the signing of Ched Evans from Chesterfield on a three-year deal.

Welshman Evans moves to Bramall Lane for an undisclosed fee having previously plied his trade with the Blades between 2009 and 2012.

He had scored 35 goals in 42 games for United in the 2011-12 season before he was convicted of rape and sentenced to five years in jail.

Evans, 28, served half of his sentence and subsequently had his conviction quashed on appeal following his release from prison.

Evans’ conviction for rape was quashed following his release from prison (Photo: PA)
Chesterfield's Ched Evans (left) and Sheffield United's Chris Basham in action
Evans in action for Chesterfield against United in November (Photo: PA Wire)

Blades boss Chris Wilder said: “The signing is just one element of the plans we have drawn-up for next season. We have done our homework on the player.

“We pride ourselves on team spirit – as the fans have seen this season – and plan to bring in players who can be part of that.

“Ched comes to us with targets to achieve along the way. With a full pre-season with us we believe he can provide us with options up front and score goals.”

Evans, who scored five goals for Chesterfield on his return to football this season, said: “I am delighted to be back.

Ched Evans of Wales and Franz Burgmeier of Liechtenstein
Evans has made 13 senior appearances for Wales (Photo: Getty Images)

“I still feel I have plenty to prove in football both at club and international level and I believe I can achieve those goals at United, playing in front of the terrific fans whose support I have always appreciated.

“I am very grateful to Chesterfield, the board and football management for giving me an opportunity to return to the game. It is just disappointing that it has come in season which has seen the club suffer relegation.

“I would like to thank the Chesterfield fans who made me feel so welcome.”

United chairman Kevin McCabe and then-boss Nigel Clough met with Evans in jail in April 2014 to discuss the possibility of re-signing the Welshman prior to his acquittal.

Ched Evans leaves Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey
Evans with partner Natasha Massey (Photo: Rowan Griffiths/Daily Mirror)

Evans even trained with the club but after a petition with more than 150,000 signatures, plus opposition from famous fans Charlie Webster and Paul Heaton, they opted not to pursue their interest at that time.

Sheffield athlete Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill also said she would like her name removed from the Bramall Lane end of United’s ground should he be re-signed.

Ex-Man City man Evans was also linked with moves to Hartlepool, Oldham and Grimsby before finally signing for Chesterfield in June 2016.

He enjoyed a successful start to life in Derbyshire but finished the campaign with seven goals from 29 appearances in all competitions as Chesterfield dropped into League Two.

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