Adam Johnson's Plan To Return To Football Revealed, Including 'His Best Options'
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It is being reported that former Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is already planning his return to football when he is released from jail.
Johnson, who was jailed for five years in 2016, could be released on license later this year and it looks like the 30-year-old has already identified his future career path.
According to the Star, a source told them that 'China or the Gulf States' are the best option for Johnson as he looks to resurrect his career:
"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." they said.
"China or the Gulf States are probably his best option where he could go and be forgotten but the Turkish league is also a contender."
Back in 2017, it was suggested that convicted paedophile Johnson will 'never be able to play in the Premier League again' after a top football agent, who has extensive experience of dealing with Premier League footballers, told Chroniclelive that no UK club will go anywhere near him.
"The likelihood is he will never play top-level football again, not in the UK anyway," the agent told the paper.
"No club in the Premier League will touch him now. Sponsors are very wary, that's why no big-name clubs who rely on sponsorship will even look at him now."
The agent also explained that Johnson would be unable to play for teams in America or Australia, due to his conviction.
Former Sheffield United player Ched Evans struggled to get signed after getting out of prison for rape. The Welsh striker was eventually acquitted and ended up playing for league two team Chesterfield FC.
The agent told Chroniclelive: "Even lower league clubs will have to think of their female fans, and their reputations, a family friendly club can't take him on realistically."
"Johnson's only hope of earning decent money again will be to move abroad, but there are plenty of countries where he won't be welcome.
"Thailand or Singapore would be his best bet," explained the agent. "He should go there, keep his head down and earn decent money if he can. Playing for any team in the UK isn't going to be good for him, at any away game he is going to get grief, it won't be good for the team."
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