ALMOST 60,000 people have signed a petition to stop footballer Ched Evans returning to Sheffield United upon his release from prison.
The former striker, who comes from Rhyl, was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman at a Rhuddlan hotel in 2012, and is due to be released in October after serving half of his five-year sentence.
There is now an online petition urging the club not to re-sign the player amid speculation he may be returning to Bramall Lane, which was addressed to Kevin McCabe, chairman of Sheffield United.
Evans, aged 25, recently launched a fresh appeal to clear his name to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in July, following a further review of the evidence from his legal team.
A statement posted on a website set up to clear his name, said: “An application has been submitted to the Criminal Cases Review Commission raising serious concerns about the safety of this conviction.
"The application submits that the case should be sent back to the Court of Appeal on the basis that there is a real possibility that the conviction would be quashed.”
Sheffield United boss Nigel Clough has yet to confirm whether or not the Welsh international will be returning to the club.