Adam Johnson has reportedly applied for a job in the prison gym.
The Sun are reporting that the disgraced ex-footballer has applied for one of the more ‘cushy’ jobs as a fitness centre orderly.
The position pays £11.50-a-week and responsibilities include providing advice on workout plans, cleaning equipment and carrying drinks for staff and fellow inmates.
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Johnson, serving a six-year sentence after being found guilty of grooming and having sexual activity with a 15-year-old, is locked away inside Armley Prison in Leeds.
Johnson is appealing his sentence but, for the meantime, he’s looking for work and the gym role will see him spent most of his time outside of his cell.
A source told the newspaper: “The authorities like to place people with certain skills in relevant jobs.
“Johnson’s knowledge of health and fitness will be invaluable in the gym.
“It will also mean he’s out of his cell for the most of the day and keeping busy which is good for his mental well-being.
“Nevertheless, his having such a position will upset a lot of people. The idea of Johnson living a cushy life in jail, and being paid for it, will grate. It doesn’t sound like punishment.”
Johnson is reportedly struggling
But it could be several weeks before Johnson is allowed to work in the gym. He must first achieve ‘enhanced’ status, which could take a while.
The Sun reported last week that Johnson is currently on suicide watch as he attempts to deal with life in prison.
According to one of the former Sunderland player’s friends, the thought of seeing his baby daughter is the “only way” the 28-year-old will survive inside.
“Adam had begged [girlfriend Stacey Flounders] before he even went inside that he wants to see Ayla,” the friend is quoted as saying.
“Now he has called her and said he needs a visit and to see his daughter because of the grimness of prison life.
“He told her it’s the only way he’ll be able to survive the sentence and will give him hope during his appeal. He’s a bit in despair and needs something to look forward to and focus on.”
Emotional meeting with Flounders
Johnson apparently have burst into tears when Flounders visited him in prison recently, a source telling The Sun: “Adam burst into tears as soon as he saw Stacey and the emotion was running pretty high.
“They obviously still care for each other greatly and it was probably too much for him to take after the reality of his six-year sentence.
"It has hit him really hard and he thinks he's been unfairly hit because of who he is."
The Court of Appeal confirmed last week that the appeal had been lodged, however the Chronicle report that it will take up to five months to be processed.