He was not chosen for the starting eleven but replaced Valeri Bojinov, who suffered an injury during the pre-game warm-up.Despite a promising start Evans struggled to maintain any real form and was often relegated to the role of substitute during his first season with the Blades, making 36 appearances but scoring only four goals.Journalist Henry Winter, writing for The Daily Telegraph, refuted Evans' claims, instead saying that "it was people's disgust that a convicted rapist felt he could swan back into a high-profile job after revealing no remorse for a crime that would preclude re-employment for many", while criticising Evans for making "his statement of contrition ...
Having held a board meeting along with team manager Paul Hurst it was decided that the move would be of too high risk for the club.
Following speculation that Evans could rejoin his former club, a petition was signed by 150,000 people urging the club not to do so, which stated that it would be a "deep insult to the woman who was raped and to all women like her who have suffered at the hands of a rapist".
In November 2014, following his release from prison, it was announced that Evans would resume training with Sheffield United after the Professional Footballers' Association had requested that Sheffield United let Evans train at the club as they were his last club before his conviction.
Evans was loaned to Norwich City in 2007, where he scored 10 goals in 28 league appearances, before returning to his parent club.
With first team opportunities at City limited he was subsequently sold to Sheffield United for £3 million in 2009.
DBL Logistics, Sheffield United's sponsor on the back of their shirts, stated that they would end their sponsorship if Evans was signed by the club.