With rape conviction overturned, retrial looming, Evans finds a club

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Facing retrial for rape after the overturning of his previous conviction, Ched Evans has found a new club. He’s signed a one-year deal with League One side Chesterfield.

Evans, 27, went to prison in 2012 and was released in 2014. The striker has long protested his innocence and had a web site dedicated to his innocence.

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The former Manchester City striker was capped 13 times by Wales between 2008-2011, and scored 35 goals in his final season for Sheffield United before his conviction.

His trouble in finding a new club has included everything from fan protests to a stern warning to interested clubs from British prime minister David Cameron.

From the team’s statement:

“Danny Wilson knows Ched very well, having previously managed him at Sheffield United. Chris Morgan, our first team coach, also speaks highly of him from their time together at Bramall Lane. Chesterfield Football Club have given a great deal of thought to this signing and following the court’s decision, we are in no doubt that Ched Evans should be welcomed back into his profession as a professional footballer.”