Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has submitted ‘previously unavailable’ evidence to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in a bid to overturn his rape conviction.
A statement on Evans’ website said new submissions were made to the CCRC at the end of last week.
It said his legal team believe the ‘fresh evidence’ strengthens his chances of getting his case referred back to the Court of Appeal.
The nature of the new evidence has not been revealed.
The statement said: “The application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission on behalf of Ched Evans was submitted on July 15, 2014 and was given Level 1 priority in September 2014.
“On Friday January 23, 2015, further detailed submissions – supported by previously unavailable fresh evidence that we believe strengthens Ched’s application – were lodged with the Commission.”
The 26-year-old was released from prison in October after serving half a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl in 2011.
A previous appeal against conviction has been refused.
Evans has made attempts to return to the professional game since being released from prison, but widespread protests have stopped potential returns to both Sheffield United and Oldham Athletic.
It is not yet known precisely how long Evans will have to wait for the CCRC to make a ruling on his case.
A spokesman for the CCRC said the average length of time to make a decision on cases is 38 weeks - but applications can be determined within six weeks or take up to two years to complete.