Sheffield United Reach Controversial Deal to Re-Sign Former Striker Ched Evans

Jamie Spencer
90Min

​ Sheffield United appear set to re-sign striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield following the Blades' confirmed promotion to the Championship and the latter's relegation to League Two.


According to BBC Radio Sheffield, a fee of £500k has been agreed between the two clubs.

Having been released from prison in 2014 after serving half of a five-year sentence handed down for a 2012 rape conviction, Evans was found not guilty last year when his case was controversially re-tried.

He had been unable to find a new club for nearly two years while trying to re-establish himself as a professional footballer, with the likes of Oldham, Hartlepool, Grimsby and others all eventually pulling out of a potential deal.

Sheffield United, the club for whom Evans was playing for at the time of his original arrest and conviction, had made contact with the former Wales international while he was still behind bars in April 2014. 

A number of club patrons, including Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster, herself a former victim of sexual assault, resigned as club patrons as a result.

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Olympian and local Sheffield hero Jessica Ennis-Hill also threatened she would request that her name be removed from one of the stands at Bramall Lane if Evans signed. Trolls have already begun attacking Ennis-Hill on social media since the news broke.

This season has been Evans' first back in professional football since his time in prison, scoring five times in 25 League One appearances for Derbyshire-based Chesterfield.

The nature of the overturned conviction and the seeming lack of remorse for his actions or behaviour have understandably made this a sensitive topic once more.

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Others have questioned the footballing motives after a poor season from the striker.

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