Adam Johnson has begun an appeal against his six-year sentence for grooming and engaging in sexual activity with a teenage fan, court officials have said.
The sacked Sunderland and ex-England winger was jailed last month after he was convicted of sexual activity with a 15-year-old following a trial at Bradford Crown Court.
Johnson had already admitted grooming the girl and a separate charge of sexual activity with her.
An official at Bradford Crown Court confirmed Johnson’s legal team have lodged an appeal against the sentence.
The 28-year-old, who also played for Middlesbrough and Manchester City, has already begun an appeal against his conviction for the one offence for which he was found guilty.
On the Adam Johnson’s Appeal Fight page on Facebook, run by his sister Faye, a post reads:
The appeal page has been “liked” by more than 8,000 people.
Passing sentence last month, Judge Jonathan Rose said Johnson had caused his victim “severe psychological harm”.
Johnson will soon be moved from Armley Prison in West Yorkshire to a jail closer to his native North East, according to reports.
The Prison Service refused to comment on newspaper reports that he will be sent to Holme House jail on Teesside, HMP Durham or the maximum security jail at Frankland just outside the city, which is home to notorious child killers like Ian Huntley.
A Prison Service spokesman said: “We don’t comment on individual prisoners.”
Holme House in Stockton is just 14 miles down the A19 from Johnson’s £1.5million home in the village of Castle Eden, where until his trial he lived with Stacey Flounders and their baby daughter.