Ched Evans
Ched Evans has apologised but maintains his innocence of rape for which he was jailed Getty Images

"Fresh evidence" has come to light in the Ched Evans case which could help clear the disgraced footballer of rape, his lawyer has said.

A file of papers has been submitted by representatives for the former Sheffield United striker, who is trying to overturn his conviction.

Evans has been out of work and unable to find a new club since being released from jail for raping a teenager in a hotel room in Rhyl, Wales in 2011. Public outcry scuttled two potential deals at United and Oldham Athletic in recent weeks.

Now Evans is banking on new evidence being accepted as sufficient grounds to have his conviction re-examined, which would pave the way for an appeal.

Making that decision is the Criminal Cases Review Commission, to which the "evidence" has been sent, in the hope it shall rule Evans' conviction is unsafe.

A statement on Ched Evans' official website said: "Further detailed submissions - supported by previously unavailable fresh evidence that we believe strengthens Ched's application - were lodged with the Commission."

Controversy over whether Evans should be allowed to resume his playing career has added impetus to efforts to clear his name.

"We have fresh evidence that has been submitted late last week," solicitor Shaun Draycott told MailOnline.

"We feel it is a strong case and I remain deeply concerned about Ched's conviction and we are hopeful that his application will lead to his case being referred to the Court of Appeal.

"But I cannot discuss the details of the application only to say it is very detailed and builds on the evidence submitted last July and includes fresh evidence."