Ched Evans released from prison after serving half of five-year rape sentence

Does Evans have a future in the game? (©GettyImages)

Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United striker, has been released from prison after serving half of his five-year rape sentence.

The former Wales international forward was found guilty of the offence in April 2012 - 11 months after the incident with a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room near Rhyl.

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Two-and-a-half years later, he has left Wymott prison in Lancashire, and is now at the centre of a moral debate involving the general public and high-profile political figures.

Deputy PM Nick Clegg has told the Blades to 'think really long and hard' before re-signing the 25-year-old, who earned 13 caps and scored once for his country between 2008 and 2011.

Blades boss Nigel Clough has confirmed that discussions with club officials over the possibility of re-signing Evans have taken place, although 150,000 people have put their names to an online petition urging the club not to do so.

Football record

Evans, who pleaded not guilty to the offence during his trial, began his football career with Manchester City and spent time on loan at Norwich City.

Sheffield United brought him to Bramall Lane for £3million back in 2009, but released him a month after being found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

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