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Ched Evans trains with Chesterfield for first time

Former Manchester City and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans trained with Chesterfield for the first time since signing a one-year deal with the club having not played professionally for four years.

Evans is back in football after two and a half years in prison after being convicted of rape in 2012, a verdict that was quashed in April this year, but the former Welsh international is set to undergo a re-trial later this year.

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Chesterfield sign striker Ched Evans on one-year deal

Ched Evans previously played for Manchester City. Credit: Chesterfield Football Club

Chesterfield have confirmed they have signed striker Ched Evans on a one-year contract.

Evans said: "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."

Chesterfield chairman Dave Allen said: "We are delighted to have secured the services of an outstanding footballer."

Footballer Ched Evans to find out rape appeal verdict

Footballer Ched Evans is appealing his 2012 conviction for rape. Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/PA Images

Footballer Ched Evans is set to find out if he has won his appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman.

Three Court of Appeal judges will give their decision today following proceedings last month, during which they heard submissions for two days related to fresh evidence.

If Evans, 27, wins his appeal, the prosecution has indicated that it will seek a retrial.

In April 2012, the footballer was convicted of raping the woman at a hotel in Rhyl, North Wales.

His conviction was referred to the Court of Appeal for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

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