Former England footballer Adam Johnson has made a second legal bid against his conviction for sex acts with a 15-year-old girl.
Johnson, 28, was sentenced to six years in jail in March last year for sexually touching and grooming the schoolgirl.
He has launched a second bid to appeal his conviction after being turned down last year.
His case is due to be heard at the Court of Appeal on February 28.
Johnson’s trial at Bradford Crown Court heard that he kissed and sexually touched the schoolgirl in his Range Rover in a secluded spot in County Durham.
He admitted grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity relating to kissing her.
A jury found him guilty of sexual touching. He was cleared of one charge relating to another sexual act.
Judge Jonathan Rose told him there had been “an abuse of trust – you are trusted by young fans to behave properly” and made him pay £50,000 of the prosecution’s £67,132 costs.
The former Middlesbrough, Manchester City and Sunderland midfielder will be asking the court for permission to appeal against his conviction and sentence.
His sister, Faye Johnson, who has led a campaign to have his conviction overturned, tweeted: “Pleased that we now have a date for Adam’s appeal against conviction and sentence. I hope that justice can finally be done for my brother.”
Johnson was capped 12 times by England.