Blades owners to make decision over signing player despite 90,000 protestations

Sheffield United have had discussions over re-signing Ched Evans, who has been released from gaol.

Sheffield United and Nigel Clough have held discussions over signing their former player Ched Evans, who also represented Manchester City.

Ched Evans, 25, has served his sentence for rape - an offence he was found guilty of in April, 2012.

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

"It is above a football level," he said, perhaps a reference to the 90,000 people who signed a petition protesting against Sheffield United recruiting the controversial former striker.

It alleged the act would be "a deep insult to the woman who was raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist."

Clough continued: "If he comes back then we [the coaching staff] will decide whether to play him or not."

In his last season with Sheffield United, Evans returned 29 goals from 36 League One appearances.

He has scored one goal in the Premier League.

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