Ched Evans signs for Chesterfield, resumes career on July 1

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Welsh striker Ched Evans has signed for Chesterfield just months after having his conviction for rape quashed.

The 27 year-old former Sheffield United star faces a re-trial in February but is keen to get back to playing football following an absence of four years.

"I am very excited and privileged to be resuming my career at Chesterfield and I hope to make a valuable contribution both on and off the pitch for the football club, the fans and the community," said Evans who joins up with his ex-manager Danny Wilson.

On the high-profile signing of Evans, Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen added: "We are delighted to have secured the services of an outstanding footballer, who is now keen to get back to work and score goals.

"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."

Evans officially makes the move on July 1 when the free agent transfer window opens and could make his debut when the season begins in August.