The footballing future of convicted rapist Ched Evans has divided fans.
Now, in response, a second petition has been drawn up aimed at demonstrating support for the club offering the striker a new contract on his release.
So far it has attracted around 2,000 signatures.
The petition says: “There is a majority of Blades that want the club to re-sign Ched Evans.”
It adds that those who have added their name to the petition ‘are in no way condoning rape’.
Evans, aged 25, was released by United after he was jailed for five years in April 2012, having been found guilty of raping a 19 year-old woman in a North Wales hotel.
He is expected to be released in October after serving half of his sentence behind bars.
Sheffield United officials have confirmed that representatives been in touch with the former player, who is appealing his conviction, during his time in prison – fuelling speculation he could be heading back to Bramall Lane.
Evans, a Welsh international, of Millhouse Green, Penistone, scored 35 goals in 42 appearances for United during the 2011-12 season before his conviction.
James Maughan, who signed the petition showing support for Evans said: “This man has had his entire life and reputation ruined by this huge mistake, and I believe that if he is re-signed and all Blades stand behind him strongly, we can help to recover his life to some point.
“He is a great striker with pace and we need him in our team desperately.”