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Ched Evans signs one-year Chesterfield deal

Ched Evans will return to professional football after signing a 12-month contract with League One side Chesterfield.

It's been reported he is being paid £2,000 a week.

The former Wales striker was jailed in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman, but had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal in April.

He faces trial in October after pleading not guilty to the charge at a hearing at Cardiff Crown Court in May.

The striker won 22 caps for Wales following his debut in 2008.

He came through the ranks of Manchester City before playing for Norwich and Sheffield United.

Evans (27) last played in 2012.

He was jailed in 2012 for the rape of a 19-year-old at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, Denbighshire and was released in 2014 after serving half his term.

He always denied raping the woman.

In April 2016 his conviction was quashed at the London Court of Appeal and is to face a new trial in October.

Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen said: "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, who has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further year, commented: "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."

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