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Controversial Evans is delighted after rejoining Sheffield United

Sheffield United have re-signed striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield on a three-year deal, the Blades have announced.

Evans was released by United in 2012 after he was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman and sentenced to five years in prison.

That conviction was quashed and at a retrial last year, Evans was found not guilty.

Evans, who joins for an undisclosed fee, said: "I am delighted to be back. I still feel I have plenty to prove in football both at club and international level and I believe I can achieve those goals at United, playing in front of the terrific fans whose support I have always appreciated.

"I am very grateful to Chesterfield for giving me an opportunity to return to the game.

"I would like to thank the Chesterfield fans who made me feel so welcome."

Manager Chris Wilder, who led the Blades to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship this season, said of Evans: "The signing is just one element of the plans we have drawn up for next season.

"We have done our homework on the player. We pride ourselves on team spirit and plan to bring in players who can be part of that.

"Ched comes to us with targets to achieve along the way. With a full pre-season with us we believe he can provide us with options up front and goals."

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