Ched Evans has signed a year-long contract extension with Chesterfield.
The St Asaph-born striker has scored seven goals in 24 games since joining the League One club on a one year deal last June.
Evans was cleared of raping a 19 year-old woman at a Rhuddlan hotel following a retrial last October. He served half of a five year jail sentence, but his conviction was quashed after new evidence was raised in a High Court appeal in April 2016.
Evans said he was delighted to resolve his future with the club: ”I’m really pleased to have got this sorted out. I want to play well and score as many goals as I can between now and the end of the season to help us get out of the relegation zone.”
Chesterfield director of football Chris Turner added: ”Ched is a quality player so it’s great news for everyone at the club. It was always our intention to trigger the 12-month extension to the contract he agreed in the summer.”
His arrival at Chesterfield marked a reunion with manager Danny Wilson, who was in charge of Sheffield United during Evans’ first spell playing professional football. But Wilson was sacked by the Spireites earlier this month after winning just one of his last six games in charge.
Chesterfield are third bottom in League One, behind Shrewsbury Town and Bury on goal difference – but did beat bottom club Coventry City 1-0 on Saturday, under caretaker boss Ritchie Humphreys.
According to some reports, an announcement on Chesterfield’s new manager could be made as soon as Tuesday – with the likes of former Coventry manager Tony Mowbray and ex-Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell among three candidates said to be on the club’s shortlist.