Ched Evans re-signs for Sheffield United
Ched Evans has re-signed for Sheffield United from Chesterfield.
The striker, who had his 2012 rape conviction overturned, signs on a three-year deal for a reported £550,000, after reports in recent weeks had linked him with the move.
The 28-year-old was playing for the Blades during the time of his conviction and, although the club tried to re-sign him in 2014, a petition urging the club not to employ the player again reached 150,000 signatures.
Evans trained with United after he was released from jail and the move prompted three patrons of the club to step down.
Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill said at the time that if Evans rejoined, she would want her name removed from the stand named after her
Evans told United’s website: "I am delighted to be back. 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 manager Chris Wilder added: "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."