Sunderland player Adam Johnson has appeared in court in Bradford on Friday.

The 28-year-old Sunderland winger was at Bradford Crown Court for a pre-trial review hearing which lasted an hour and a half.

Johnson has denied three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.

The trial is set to go ahead in Bradford in February 2016.

Adam Johnson was born in Sunderland but started his career at Middlesbrough before then moving to Manchester City, then to Sunderland for a reported fee of £10 million in 2012.

When Johnson was originally arrested he was left out by Sudnerland whilst on bail.

However, he was then later recalled to the squad and altogether apppeared in 32 of  Sunderland’s 38 Premier League mnatches, either as a sub or in the starting eleven.

This included coming off the bench during the 1-0 win over Newcastle in April at the Stadium of Light.