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Adam Johnson has officially lodged an appeal against six-year prison sentence

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Adam Johnson has lodged an appeal against his six-year prison sentence.

The disgraced footballer was jailed last month after being found guilty of grooming and having sexual activity with a 15-year-old.

But his sister, Faye, has confirmed that Johnson will take action against his sentence.

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The 28-year-old has already launched an appeal against his conviction and, although the Chronicle report that the appeal will take up to five months to be processed, it’s clear that Johnson wants out of prison.

He’s currently being held at HMP Armley in Leeds but, according to The Sun, will be moved to a more comfortable jail - possibly nearer to his home - in weeks.

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Johnson is not going down without a fight, his sister providing an update on the Facebook appeal page she set up.

She wrote on Tuesday morning: “*Update* Adam’s appeal against his sentence has now been lodged! Thanks everyone for your support it means a lot! X”

Johnson is reportedly struggling to come to terms with life in prison; The Sun recently claimed he was on suicide watch.

A friend of the former England international admitted his only coping mechanism is the thought of seeing his baby daughter.

“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.”

Inmates are angered by Johnson's special treatment

Johnson has reportedly upset inmates, who feel he is being shown special treatment. Not only is he set to avoid a tough Category A prison, he’s also lining up a ‘cushy’ job as a fitness centre orderly.

Responsibilities of the job, which pays £11.50-a-week, include providing advice on workout plans, cleaning equipment and carrying drinks for staff and fellow inmates.

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A source told The Sun: “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.”

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