Adam Johnson has been released from prison overnight, but if he’s planning on a return to English football, then he will have to rethink that one as he’s reportedly been shunned by Football League clubs.
In March 2016, the former Sunderland, Manchester City, Watford, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and England international was found guilty of sexual activity with a child and sentenced to six years in prison.
He has served just half of that sentence and at 2am today, a blacked out Mercedes van driven by his Dad was spotted leaving the prison based in Doncaster.
Various media state that ‘every League One and League Two side within commuting distance of his County Durham home have reportedly confirmed they will not go near him’.
Six months ago, it was reported that jailed footballer Adam Johnson has hopes to join National League side Hartlepool United after he is released.
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.”
Hartlepool United said: “It’s news to us and we are not aware of any conversations that have been had.”
Just three months ago, it was said that Johnson was planning on writing to teams but was then talked out of doing so by his family.
The ex-England footballer’s sister has 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.”
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