Paedophile footballer Adam Johnson ‘has booked a holiday to a luxury Portuguese golf resort in preparation for his release from prison’
- Johnson, 31, has reportedly booked in a break to Amendoeira for early next year
- Has said he hopes to return to Durham course that offers junior memberships
- Comes after redhead who visited him in prison denied being his girlfriend
Johnson (pictured) is set for release in March and friends say he has booked a golfing break
Jailed paedophile footballer Adam Johnson has reportedly booked a golfing break in preparation for his release from prison.
The 31-year-old is serving a six-year sentence for grooming and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old fan.
The former England winger is set to be freed in March 2019, by which point he will have served half of his sentence.
As well as reportedly booking a stay at the Portugal resort, Johnson revealed he hopes to play at local Castle Eden course in County Durham – which also offers membership to youngsters.
His family are confident that Johnson will be let out of HMP Moorland near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, next year, The Daily Star on Sunday reports.
The ex-Sunderland and Manchester City player is famed for his love of golf and his coach Andrew Robinson has visited him in jail.
One friend of Johnson told the paper: ‘Adam and the lads have already signed up for a trip in May to the Portuguese resort of Amendoeira for a long weekend.’
The disgraced player has reportedly booked into this resort in Portugal for a break with ‘the lads’ according to one of his friends
Johnson could be released as early as March next year, by which time he will have served half of his sentence
It seems unlikely the disgraced player will return to UK football. There were rumours that he hoped to sign for Hartlepool United but that club has since distanced itself from the claim.
News of Johnson’s break with ‘the lads’ comes just days after a mystery redhead was spotted visiting the sex offender.
The 28-year-old was identified as Bethany Drake, who says she is not Johnson’s girlfriend. She was pictured visiting the sportsman with his sister, Faye.
When approached by reporters she failed to deny that she and Johnson were an item and refused to comment further.
But later she insisted that they were not together, telling The Sun: ‘I can categorically say I am not in a relationship with Adam.
‘The fact you are basing your assumptions on how many times I’ve visited him and nothing more is ridiculous.’
Bethany Drake has travelled 130 miles to see the shamed former Premier League star from her home in Rochdale to HMP Moorland near Doncaster
Ms Drake pictured visiting Johnson with his sister Faye (right) in July
Back in July after her visit with Johnson’s sister, the MailOnline approached her and she declined to give her name, walking quickly to her car and leaving the car park driving swiftly.
Faye also denied any suggestion that there maybe romance between the two, getting quickly into her white Range Rover Evoque.
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Johnson will be released next year if the probation service believes he no longer represents a threat of re-offending.
He is reportedly on a segregated wing inside Moorland where low-risk sex offenders are held.
The former England, Sunderland and Man City winger (left, playing for England and right, during a court appearance, groomed and then met a besotted 15-year-old fan and sexually assaulted her in his car in a secluded spot in County Durham
Johnson, who earned £60,000-a-week, has a daughter with his former girlfriend Stacey Flouders, with whom he lived with in a £2million County Durham property before his conviction.
When he was first jailed at Bradford Crown Court he was initially sent to Armley Prison, Leeds, but later transferred the Category C jail as prison officials feared for his safety as a high-profile sex offender.
Moorland is one of the UK’s most modern prisons and inmates have access to an all-weather football pitch, a games room and a gym.
Most of the inmates have their own rooms with a toilet and some even have access to a PlayStation.
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