Ched Evans deserves fresh start claims Oldham Athletic owner
Evans set to sign for League One side despite protests against convicted rapist
January 8th, 2015
Everyone has an opinion over whether Ched Evans should play professional football again, with former club Sheffield United already passing up the opportunity to re-sign the striker.
However, Oldham Athletic look prepared to give the Welshman a chance to revive his career following a two-and-a-half year stint in jail following a conviction for rape.
Simon Corney is well aware of the petition that has been signed by over 20,000 people calling for Oldham not to sign Evans, although the club owner believes that the player deserves a fresh start.
“We believe he has served his time,” Corney told the Jewish Chronicle. “There is an 80% chance of us signing him. It won’t be done today. It’s not straightforward and there are some legal issues.”
“I hope people don’t get too carried away and it doesn’t get too hot. I completely understand people’s views and I respect them. I would never tell people they are wrong to have their own views. But we want people to keep them in check.”
Barry Owen is a board member who backed the signing of Evans on what would be a free transfer, although he hinted a deal wouldn’t be struck until next week.
“There are ongoing negotiations with regard to signing Ched Evans,” Owen said. “Unfortunately, quite a lot of due diligence still needs to be completed. We are still in talks with the PFA [Professional Footballers’ Association] and other agencies. At the moment I would just ask you to bear with us. There are things to be done, genuinely, and I don’t anticipate that it is going to be done over the next few days.”