Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has insisted no decision has been made on offering convicted rapist Ched Evans a professional contract, despite news reports that the Welshman has been training with the club this week.
Clough told the Guardian: “It has been nowhere near decided that we will sign him.”
The Blades face a heavy fixture list in the next ten days, playing four games across the Football League Trophy, FA Cup and League One and Clough insisted that because of this “[Ched Evans] isn’t top of our priorities.”
He added: “Those games will determine if we stay in two cup competitions and if we get back into the top six in the league. Those are our priorities.”
The 25-year old who has always maintained his innocence, was a prolific striker for the Blades netting 42 goals in 103 appearances between 2009-2012 and became a fan favourite at Bramall Lane. He has been training with his former club due to a request from the Professional Footballer’s Association (PFA).
However, since his release from prison almost 157,000 people have signed a petition against Sheffield United resigning the player. Television presenter Charlie Webster stepped down as a patron for the club today after it was revealed Evans had been training again with his former employers.
United take on Walsall away tonight in the Football League Trophy, as news stories over Evans still gloom over the Yorkshire club.