Welsh striker Ched Evans could return to Sheffield United this season after being released from prison, having served two and a half years in prison following being found guilty of rape in April 2012, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The former Manchester City hit man scored 35 goals during the 2011-12 season for the Blades and was the second highest scorer in the league, behind Jordan Rhodes, that campaign. He also notched up 15 assists. This has led to the club considering re-signing him now he is free.
Despite his great record, there has been a mix reaction to his potential return. Over 150,000 people have signed the online petition to try prevent him being able to play again.
Despite this it looks like the majority of Sheffield United fans would welcome Evans back with open arms, after crowds of them were seen chanting his name on their way to Valley Parade where they were playing Bradford City. Many of them were quoted saying: 'He's done his time, he deserves a second chance.'
The big decision
The club have said they will consider resigning him, though they are yet to comment or confirm any decision, however it will come clear in the coming weeks. Firstly Evans is looking to appeal as he still maintains he was innocent and an injustice was made.
There is a fast tracked investigation that lies ahead so it looks as if any potential return will happen after that. There have been previous cases such as Marlon King and Lee Hughes and both continued their football careers after being released from prison. For now it looks as though Evans could follow suit.
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