Disgraced footie nonce Adam Johnson was locked up in March 2016 after grooming and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Sunderland fan.
Johnson’s time inside has not gone without incident, after footage of him saying he wished he raped the victim was leaked from behind bars.
We previously revealed how Johnson is afraid to say anything in prison, for fear of scuppering his imminent release.
His sister Faye celebrated on social media this would be the last year of Johnson’s incarceration, claiming he would be out in March.
And a prison source has claimed Johnson could be let out in March a day early to avoid more attention.
He said: “His release date might be Friday 22 but there’s no way he’s getting released then.
“It’s all up to the governor and they often let high profile prisoners out a day early like they did with Ched Evans.
“He could also get shipped out to an open prison.”
“He could get shipped out to an open prison”
Johnson, 31, is said to be one of the most hated prisoners at HMP Moorland.
The former Manchester City and England player is reportedly greeted with a chorus of “rapist, rapist, rapist” wherever he goes in the nick.
But Johnson’s time at Moorland could be about to come to an end.
The source added: “He’s unlucky to have served his whole sentence locked up because most people get shipped out to a Cat D as they prepare for release, but because he’s a sex offender there are only so many places he can go.
“Both Kirkham and North Cross open prisons in Lancashire don’t take paedos.
“He could go to North Sea Camp a couple of weeks before his release and then be quietly let go. But it’s all at the discretion of the governors.
“They won’t want 50 paps waiting outside the prison 24 hours a day.”
Should Johnson want to continue his footie career, it doesn’t appear he will have a lot of options.
After being linked with a move for Johnson, non-league club Hartlepool have distanced themselves from the former England winger.
And reports claim should he look for a move abroad, he would be forced to come back to the UK every week as part of his bail conditions.
Daily Star has contacted the Ministry of Justice for response.