Jack Diamond, a winger for Sunderland, has been loaned to Carlisle United until the conclusion of the League One campaign.
The 24-year-old was found not guilty earlier this month of raping and sexually abusing a woman.
Following his initial charges in March 2023, Diamond’s loan stint at Lincoln City was terminated at the end of the previous season.
“This is now an opportunity for Jack to move forward in his life after an extremely challenging period,” said Carlisle chief Nigel Clibbens.
“We recognise the judicial process has been followed. Having been subject to the law of the land, tried in front of a jury and acquitted, he is now able to move on.
“We want to help him do that. We believe this is the right thing to do, and that our fans will support this and give Jack their full support too.”
In addition to his three loan stints at Harrogate Town between 2019 and 2022, Diamond has made 45 appearances in Sunderland’s first team. In 76 games, Diamond has scored 18 goals.
Carlisle manager Paul Simpson said: “He’s a player who we hope will come in, create and score goals for us and bring some exciting forward play to the group.
“Jack has had a long period without playing games but his fitness levels are excellent. It will take him a few games to get up to match pace but I’m excited to see him be part of our team.”