Barton wants to turn things around in a Newcastle shirt
Controversial Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, 26, hopes he can transform his reputation and become a role model.
Barton was jailed for assault and banned for attacking a team-mate and says he is in "the last-chance saloon".
He told BBC Sport that because of his experiences he may be able to reach out to people, saying: "Hopefully I can be the role model I've never been."
"My reputation will precede me until the day I die and for some people that can't come soon enough," he added.
Barton, who was jailed for assault and affray earlier this year, could return to action against Sunderland on Saturday after finishing a six-game ban for assaulting Ousmane Dabo in 2007 when he was at Manchester City.
"There's going to be young kids who look at the likes of Michael Owen and Beckham, who are unbelievable professionals, squeaky clean, and they can't relate to them," Barton told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"I've met people on the street, met people while I was in prison, and they can relate to you.
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"When I speak from experience about the things I've done wrong in my life and how I've tried to change them, I think they respect that.
"Hopefully I'll be able to reach them people who, maybe before, were a little unreachable."
Barton was released from prison in Manchester three months ago and began his comeback in a reserve fixture for Newcastle on Tuesday.
He said he deserves "every bit of criticism that was labelled at me".
"I've had more chances than anyone deserves. It's last-chance saloon and I'm just thankful to have that chance," he added.
Barton, who is getting support from the Sporting Chance clinic, conceded many of his problems have been alcohol-related but said he has not had a drink for 10 months and is optimistic about his recovery.
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