Ched Evans, who faces a retrial over rape allegations in October, has joined League One side Chesterfield on a one-year deal.
Former Wales striker Evans was jailed in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman, but had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal in April.
The 27-year-old, who has always denied the charges against him, was released from jail in October 2014 after serving half of a five-year sentence.
His last professional game was in 2012.
‘Great deal of thought’ to signing
Chesterfield have requested that Evans be given space to concentrate on pre-season training with the club.
“We are delighted to have secured the services of an outstanding footballer, who is now keen to get back to work and score goals,” Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen said.
“[Manager] 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 added: “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.”
Retrial set for October
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Source:: BBC UK