Rapist Ched Evans could be set to sign for Hartlepool United

Pools boss Ronnie Moore
Pools boss Ronnie Moore
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RONNIE Moore has confirmed there is a “possibility” convicted rapist Ched Evans could sign for Hartlepool United.

Rumours had been rife all day that unattached Evans is on the verge of signing and Moore confirmed to SportMail he would “want it to happen” if at all possible.

The Welshman hasn’t signed a contract at the club yet but there is a strong chance a deal will be struck with Pools desperate for firepower up front.

Evans was released in October after serving half of a five-year sentence for the rape a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011.

The Blades had been heavily criticised for agreeing to allow Evans to train at the club after his release from prison.

In November, Sheffield United retracted their offer to let convicted rapist Ched Evans use their training facilities.

Moore told SportMail: “If it could happen for me, I would want it to happen.

“There is no doubt about that. He is a proven goalscorer.

“He has served his time for me and the boy wants to play football.

“If there is a chance that he might come here, and I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t.

“I know what will happen now, everybody will me groaning and you see what happened at Sheffield United.

“You keep pushing the lad away. He made a mistake and maybe he hasn’t made the apology in the right way and there is a case pending on the appeal.

“On the football matters, if he gets on the park he will go a long way to getting us out of trouble, that’s for sure.

“It is a possibility, I would leave it at that for now.”

The striker came through the ranks at Manchester City, had a spell on loan at Norwich City before signing for Sheffield United.