Striker Ched Evans is to return to his former club Sheffield United, it was announced today.
An undisclosed fee has been agreed for the Wales international which will see him officially return to Bramall Lane on June 10.
A three-year deal was concluded after discussions between the clubs at board level and the player meeting United manager Chris Wilder.
Evans said: “I am very grateful to Chesterfield, the board and football management for giving me an opportunity to return to the game. It is just disappointing that it has come in a season which has seen the club suffer relegation. I would like to thank the Chesterfield fans who made me feel so welcome.”
Chesterfield director and company secretary Ashley Carson said: “Following our relegation to League Two, we recognised it was not in the best interests of Ched if he we were to stay. So, in consultation with manager Gary Caldwell, a decision was made to sell the player.
“Sheffield United made an offer which has been accepted. We wish Ched all the very best for the future."
Evans returned to the game after a three-year absence in August 2016 after his conviction for rape was quashed in April 2016, following a retrial, the player was found not guilty.
Evans, 28, joined the club at the start of this season. He made 29 appearances, scoring seven goals.