Oldham Athletic rule out move for Ched Evans

Ched Evans and Natasha Massey
Ched Evans and Natasha Massey
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Oldham Athletic have become the latest club to turn down the chance of signing disgraced former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans.

The League One club had been linked with Evans in newspaper reports over the weekend.

But the club has released a statement today saying they will not be signing Evans following his recent release from prison after serving two-and-a-half years in jail for rape.

A spokesman for Oldham said: “Oldham Athletic are aware of various newspaper reports linking the club to Ched Evans yesterday.

“The board of directors would like to confirm that we will not be extending an invitation for Ched Evans to train with Oldham Athletic nor will we be offering him a contract.

“The club will not be making any further comment on this subject.”

Tranmere chairman Mark Palios has also claimed to have turned down an approach from Evans’ representatives about the possibility of him playing for his League Two side.

Evans continues to protest his innocence and has lodged an appeal with the Criminal Case Review Commission.

He was initially given permission by Sheffield United to return to train with them at the request of players’ union, the Professional Footballers Association.

But following a massive public backlash, the club retracted its offer last month.