Sheffield United have held Ched Evans talks, says Nigel Clough

Ched Evans
Evans was released by Sheffield United following his conviction for rape in April 2012

Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has said he has had talks with club officials about the possibility of Ched Evans returning to the Blades after his release from prison.

Evans, 25, was sentenced to five years in jail after being found guilty of rape in April 2012.

The Wales international is set to be released from prison later this week.

"We've had one or two discussions and the owners will make a decision on it," Clough told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"It is above a football level. If he comes back then we [the coaching staff] will decide whether to play him or not."

The striker, who has always maintained his innocence, was a Sheffield United player when he was sent to prison.

They chose not to sack the Wales international at the time and instead did not renew his contract when it ended in June 2012.

More than 90,000 people have signed a petition calling on the club not to re-sign the former Manchester City man.

However, Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor said last week that Evans should be allowed to continue his career on his release.

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