It's fair to say that Ched Evans has caused something of a furore in the football world since his release from prison in October. Welsh international Evans began training with his former club, Sheffield United, soon after he had served two and a half years of a five year sentence for raping a 19 year old woman in 2011.
Sheffield United's decision to allow Evans return to the club was met with some heavy criticism, as well as some defence, perhaps most bizarrely of all from the PFAI. Ultimately, the criticism forced Sheffield United's hand and he wasn't given the opportunity to return to the squad. However, now it seems Evans may have another opportunity to return to the game courtesy of Hartlepool United.
Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail in the aftermath of the club's 1-1 draw with Oxford, Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore said that rumours of a potential move for Evans did have substance, saying that it was 'a possibility'.
If it could happen, I would want it to happen. He is a proven scorer; he's served his time and the boy wants to play football.
Moore went on to say that he knew the repercussions that his comments would have but was willing to accept them if it meant Evans would be able to help Hartlepool off the bottom of the League 2 table.
I know what will happen now, everybody will me groaning [sic] and you see what happened at Sheffield United.
He has made a mistake and maybe he hasn't apologised in the right way - and I know he has an appeal case pending - but if he gets on the park, he would go a long way to getting us out of trouble.