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Ched Evans set to train with Sheffield United despite petition

It’s far from certain that Evans will play again for United

Ched Evans

Former Sheffield United striker could return to action for Blades despite conviction for rape

157,000 people have signed a petition calling for Ched Evans not to return to professional football, although the striker has returned to Sheffield United to train with the League One side.

While it’s far from certain that Evans will play again for United, it appears that the Yorkshire club have laid the foundations to welcome back their former player, with the BBC reporting that he will train with the Blades towards the end of the week.

United manager Nigel Clough insists that the decision to bring Evans back to the club is one to be made at board level, with the Blades sitting just outside the Legaue One play-off places after a bright start to the campaign.

“We have had one or two discussions, we are awaiting a decision and the owners will make that in good time,” Clough has previously said.

“I have been involved in decisions but it is very much a decision for the owners and when the time is right to say something as a club we will do that. It is that sort of decision – it’s above football level.

“It’s my decision whether to put him in the team if he comes back, it’s not my decision whether he comes back in the first place – that’s theirs. Until the decision is made there is no point talking about it.

“It’s not been distraction within the camp. First of all he’s not out yet and secondly the club haven’t made a decision and until those two things happen it is irrelevant.”