Convicted rapist Ched Evans has been given the green light to return to training with his former team Sheffield United, the BBC has confirmed.
The news comes after the Welshman was released from prison last month after serving only half of his five-year sentence for raping a woman in 2011.
Although serving his permitted custodial sentence, Evans is still in the fight to clear his name of any wrongdoing.
"I would like a second chance but I know not everyone would agree." - Ched Evans
Ched Evans has released a video statement on his official website explaining his regret of the whole situation and his expressed interest and return to professional football.
The 25-year-old said: “It is a rare and extraordinary privilege to be permitted to play professional football.
“It is my hope that I will be able to return. If that is possible then I will do so with humility having learned a very painful lesson.
"I would like a second chance but I know not everyone would agree."
Furthermore to the statement, Evans was remorseful towards his partner and said the acts he engaged in on that night were "consensual in nature and not rape".
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Although the 25 year-old may well be training with his former side, the Blades manager Nigel Clough is still yet to make a decision but has said it is ultimately up to the owners if they want the player affiliated with the club.
In terms of the Welshman’s international future, manager Chris Coleman has said no decision will be made until conferring with the Welsh FA.
Before he was found guilty of rape, Evans had a prolific record for the League One side notching 48 goals in 113 appearances for Sheffield United.
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