Adam Johnson expects to serve only "two years" of his six-year prison sentence and plans to revive his football career by playing abroad when he gets out, according to a report in the Sunday People.
The ex-Sunderland footballer is currently serving time in jail after being found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with an underage girl. He was acquitted of one other charge but was handed the significant custodial sentence by Judge Jonathan Rose last month.
But according to the controversial claims made in the Sunday People, Johnson is confident of getting out much earlier than that. In fact, the 28-year-old believes he has a good chance of playing professional football again, albeit in a foreign country.
Johnson wrote: “I will be fine, it’s just getting it done and getting out and passing time writing letters lol.”
Asked if he would play again, he said: “Yeh let’s wait and see, not holding my breath tho, luckily I’m 29 soon so I’m not that young lol. Hopefully, play again but maybe in another country.”
A new job
While he may well yet find himself earning significant sums of money, he will have to settle for significantly less while in prison. The Sun reported earlier this week that Johnson had applied to become a fitness centre orderly, which pays a measly £11.50 a week.
A source said: “The authorities like to place people with certain skills in relevant jobs.
“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.”
Meeting with Stacey Flounders
It was also reported that his ex-partner Stacey Flounders visited him in prison and brought the former England international to tears.
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."