Date: 1st December 2014 at 9:03pm
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Weekend tabloid speculation was saying that Oldham were looking into the possibility of signings Ched Evans?

The claims, initially exclusively in the Sunday Express I believe, said that we faced ‘a public backlash after holding talks with convicted rapist Ched Evans’ with him having a meeting with us last week about the possibility of agreeing a deal with us now that he was free to return to the game….

Sheffield United, as I think we all know, allowed him return to training with them last month but in the end had to rescind the offer following the backlash after this.

Given that we gave Lee Hughes a second chance following his release from prison (in difference circumstances) perhaps we’re a club willing to give people a second chance but his lack of remorse following his release, despite his pleas of innocence, have done little to help Evans’ chances of a return to the game with him viewed as a ‘toxic commodity.’

Initially it was said that we ‘declined to comment’ but we have now denied that he will be training with us or that he will be offered a contract.

A statement said: ‘Oldham Athletic are aware of newspaper reports linking the club to Ched Evans.

‘We will not be extending an invitation for Ched Evans to train with Oldham Athletic nor will we be offering him a contract.’

Port Vale, who also had Hughes as a player funnily enough, are said to have turned down more than one approach from Evans to play for them and whatever the rights or wrongs are here I do think that we’re best off steering clear and think it’s the right decision to distance ourselves from a move for Evans, who looks like he’ll have to move overseas if he wants to continue his footballing career?

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One Reply to “Oldham Deny Evans Claims”

  • News suggests that this is going to happen. I am not an Oldham fan, but fair play to your club. Evans was sentenced and served his time, and should be allowed to continue his career. As for the “role model” nonsense being spouted, well what this well published case has done is to highlight big time, that it is not okay to have sex with a woman who is too *****ed to say no. A lesson that Ched Evans has learned, and because of him many others hopefully will not have to. Which will in turn protect a number of drunken women in the future. Be brave Oldham cause the flack is coming, but hopefully Ched Evans will reward you with lots of goals.

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