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Ched Evans 'adjusting to normal life' after release from prison

Ex-Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is 'adjusting to normal life' after being released from prison this morning after serving half of a five-year sentence for rape.

Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is planning to release a 'very personal and profound' statement next week via video following his release from prison.

The 25-year-old left prison this morning after serving half of his five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel back in May 2011.

An update via the footballer's official website has claimed that Evans, whose possible return to the game has caused controversy, is 'adjusting to normal life'.

The update read: "Today at 5am he was released from custody and will continue the fight to clear his name. Chedwyn Evans maintains his absolute innocence and his family, friends and many who know the true facts of the case believe that his conviction was a gross miscarriage of justice.

"Next week Ched will make a very personal and profound statement by video. Ched is now adjusting to normal life after serving a sentence for a crime consistently denied.

"Whilst we understand the media interest, we would respectfully request some privacy over the next few weeks. Ched would like to thank prior to the video statement, the thousands of people from all walks of life who have supported him and believe in him."

Sheffield United have held talks about possibly re-signing the former Wales international, but almost 150,000 people have added their signatures to an online petition calling for the Blades not to bring Evans back.

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Sheffield United player Ched Evans in action during the npower League One game between Sheffield United and Chesterfield at Bramall Lane on March 28, 2012
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