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    Sheffield United re-sign Ched Evans on a three-year deal


    Joe Jones

    Sheffield United have announced the re-signing of striker Ched Evans on a three-year deal.

    Between 2009 and 2012, Evans scored 48 goals for the Blades before he was convicted of rape, which led to the club releasing the Welshman.

    However, after spending two-and-a-half years in prison, Evans was found not guilty after a retrial and he subsequently linked up with Chesterfield for the 2016-17 season.

    Sheffield United's statement read: "Following the completion of a medical, the Blades have agreed an undisclosed fee with Chesterfield for the Welsh international to officially return to Bramall Lane.

    "A three-year deal was concluded after discussions between the clubs at board level and the player meeting United manager Chris Wilder."

    The Blades boss 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 said: "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."

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