It has been reported that jailed footballer Adam Johnson has hopes to join National League side Hartlepool United after he is released.
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.
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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.
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 said: “It’s news to us and we are not aware of any conversations that have been had.”
Johnson is not eligible for automatic parole until March 2019.
Hartlepool United supporters have voiced their feelings on the story, and of course the majority don’t want him – check out those tweets on the next page.