Welsh footballer, Ched Evans has joined League One side Chesterfield on a one-year deal.
The former Sheffield United man faces a retrial over rape allegations in October.
The 27-year-old played his last professional game in 2012 and was released from jail in October 2014 after serving half of his five-year sentence.
Evans who has played for teams such as Manchester City and Norwich City came close to joining League One side Oldham Athletic in January 2015. The deal fell through when a number of the club’s sponsors put pressure on The Latics, urging them to not sign the former Welsh International.
The forward was also linked to clubs including Grimsby Town, Hartlepool United and Maltese side Hibernians.
It was reported Hibs had offered Evans a contract until the end of the season, but this was blocked as the British Ministry of Justice stated that any convicted sex offender on licence is barred from working abroad.
Former Hibernian star Matthew Towns commented on the player’s new deal saying, “I think Ched will be fine. Everyone deserves a second chance and if it comes out that he is not guilty then a lot of people have to apologise to him!”