September 21 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Former Norwich City striker Ched Evans who was convicted of rape has told how he hopes to make a return to the football field once he is freed.
The disgraced Wales international, who scored 10 goals in 28 league appearances while on loan to the Canaries, was jailed for five years in April 2012 after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman at a Welsh hotel.
He is two years into a five year jail term but claims he is “up for the fight” of rebuilding his football career after he is released from jail.
As reported in national newspapers, including the Daily Star and Daily Mirror, in a a letter posted on a website set up in his name to fight his conviction, the former Sheffield United star wrote: “I like to think about football but this is out of my hands and it may be a fight to get my career back on track but one thing is for sure – I am definitely up for that fight.”
Evans, now 25, admitted having sex with the 19-year-old in May 2011 claimed it was consensual.
Despite his protestations he was convicted of rape after a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court and was subsequently refused leave to appeal.
Evans, who has 13 Wales caps and has scored two international goals, said in his letter he is due for release later this year after serving half of his sentence.