Ched Evans hopes to rejoin Sheffield United when he is released from prison, The Star has been told.
Karl Massey, who is spearheading Evans’ campaign to clear his name after being found guilty of rape in 2012, made the admission after Nigel Clough, the League One club’s manager, confirmed its hierarchy have yet to decide whether he will be invited to return to Bramall Lane.
Massey, the father of Evans’ partner Natasha, said: “Ched’s biggest wish, other than proving his innocence of course, is that he can play for Sheffield United again. That has always been the case.”
Evans, aged 25, was sentenced to five years in prison following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court but is scheduled to leave HMP Wymott tomorrow.
Over 90,000 people have signed a petition urging United not to re-sign the Wales international, whose conviction was later upheld by the Court of Appeal. However, Evans’ legal team hope evidence lodged with the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which was not available at his original trial, will lead to a second appeal.
Clough said: “We’ve had one or two discussions. We are awaiting a decision and the owners will make that in good time.
“It’s very much a decision for the owners and, when time is right for us to say something as a club or for them to say something as a club, we’ll do that.
“If he comes back, then whether he comes into the team is our decision. Whether we take him back in the first place, that is theirs.
“First of all, he’s not out yet. Second, the club has not made a decision or a statement.
“There’s no point in us talking to the players if he doesn’t come back.”
Evans scored 48 goals in 113 appearances for United after arriving from Manchester City in 2009.