Adam Johnson has reportedly ‘begged football clubs to let him play again’ when he could get out of jail next year.
On 24 March 2016, the former Manchester City and Sunderland player was sentenced to six years in prison for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15.
Johnson was planning on writing to teams but was then talked out of doing so by his family, the Daily Star report.
The ex-England footballer’s sister is said to have told a friend about his plans: “He was going to write an open letter to all the clubs explaining why he can benefit them if they give him another chance.
“Genuinely thought he was joking when he told but he was deadly serious.”
Earlier this year, a source said: “He definitely wants to play again – but it is just a question of where and if anyone will pick him up.
“He’s clearly a talented player and would get into many a team – even with a lengthy spell behind bars.
“China or the Gulf States in the Middle East are probably his best option where he could go and be forgotten, but the Turkish league is also a contender.
“They don’t tend to be too fussy about who they sign and their fans seems to embrace players with bad reputations.”
It is claimed that he was friends with manager Matthew Bates for years.
In September, an insider said: “Adam has told people that Hartlepool is a likely destination.”
The club play in the National League after relegation from the Football League last year.
Johnson’s dad Dave told The Sun on Sunday that he was not aware of any clubs wishing to sign him.
Hartlepool United spoke of the story reported: “It’s news to us and we are not aware of any conversations that have been had.”
After reading that Adam Johnson ‘begs football clubs to let him play again’, social media users gave their reaction with some hoping he never plays with any club again, we also throwback to what Hartlepool United supporters had to say on that story a few months ago – take a look at that reaction on the next page.
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