Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson hails 'fabulous asset' Ched Evans
Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson is excited by the potential of summer signing Ched Evans but knows he must be patient with the striker.
Evans has signed an initial one-year contract with the Spireites with the option of another 12 months.
The 27-year-old will go on trial on October 4 charged with raping a woman in May 2011. He has pleaded not guilty.
His last competitive game was for Sheffield United against Leyton Orient on April 14, 2012 in which he scored his 35th goal of the season in a 3-1 win for the Blades at Bramall Lane.
Evans was jailed later that year for raping a 19-year-old woman but the Court of Appeal quashed his conviction in April.
Addressing the signing of Evans, Wilson, who managed the player at Sheffield United, told BBC Radio Sheffield's Football Heaven show: "Why not? We had the opportunity to bring him in.
"He's in exactly the same situation as he was in at Sheffield United, and he plays.
"Overall the decision to bring the footballer in was based on his footballing ability. We've signed a player who, if he plays anything like we know he can play, he will be a fabulous asset to us.
"He hasn't played football for a very long time. It's going to take a bit of patience with him, understanding as well and we'll see what happens after that.
"What we can't talk about is what will happen in the future because we just don't know."
Chesterfield begin their League One campaign away at Oxford on Saturday.