Former Sheffield United star Ched Evans has received news from the Court of Appeal that his rape conviction has now been quashed according to BBC news.

The 27 year old former Welsh international striker was convicted of rape in April 2012 following an alleged incident with a 19 year old woman in a Premier Inn hotel in Rhyl in May 2011.

Evans was released by Sheffield United in summer 2014 after being handed a five year jail term. The former striker was released on licence in October 2014 but has been unable to re-build his football career with proposed moves to Hartlepool United, Oldham Athletic, Grimsby Town and Maltese club Hibernians all turning sour after being met with widespread public concern and disagreement.

Last month, Evans attended a Court of Appeal in an attempt to prove his innocence and clear his name and the results of that appeal have now confirmed that the conviction has been quashed but a re-trial will take place after new evidence was heard. Should Evans eventually win his appeal, the player is expected to recommence his playing career although finding a new employer could prove difficult.

During his time at Sheffield United,  Evans made 113 appearances for the club and scored 48 goals. He was also named in a PFA Team of the Year as recognition of his excellent performances for The Blades.

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