Ched Evans completes move back to Sheffield United

Chesterfield FC v Coventry City, Ched Evans
Chesterfield FC v Coventry City, Ched Evans
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Ched Evans has completed his long awaited move from Chesterfield back to Sheffield United and signed a three-year deal

The striker, who returned to the game last summer with the Spireites after a four-year absence, is thought to have cost the Blades a sum in the region of £500,000 with add ons that could further benefit Chesterfield.

Evans, 28, scored just seven goals this season in 29 appearances.

After a bright start, a heel injury blighted his and Chesterfield’s campaign, keeping him out of action for three separate stints and stopping him from scoring the goals Town needed to stave off relegation.

His last appearance came on 4th March and his last goal was on 10th December.

Evans laments the way Chesterfield’s season finished.

“I am very grateful to Chesterfield, the board and football management for giving me an opportunity to return to the game,” he said.

“It is just disappointing that it has come in a season which has seen the club suffer relegation. I would like to thank the Chesterfield fans who made me feel so welcome.”

Chesterfield director and company secretary Ashley Carson said the club’s relegation brought about the decision to sell the front man.

“Following our relegation to League Two, we recognised it was not in the best interests of Ched if he we were to stay,” he said.

“So, in consultation with manager Gary Caldwell, a decision was made to sell the player.

“Sheffield United made an offer which has been accepted. We wish Ched all the very best for the future.”Today’s news from Bramall Lane confirms Evans’ return to the club that paid £3m for him back in 2009.

He scored four goals in his debut season in the Championship with the Blades and although that improved to nine goals in the following campaign, Sheffield United were relegated.

The Welshman found League One much more to his taste, firing in a remarkable 35 goals in 42 games before off-field issues derailed his career.

Evans was released by United after a rape conviction, for which he spent two and a half years in prison.

In April 2016 that conviction was quashed and a retrial ordered for October last year, when he was found not guilty.