Jed Steer: I could not have dreamed the past six months at Aston Villa
Jed Steer admits he could never have dreamed the past six months after signing a new deal at Villa.
The 26-year-old goalkeeper has been rewarded for the part he played in the club winning promotion with a new four-year contract extension through to 2023.
Steer has enjoyed a remarkable few months since being recalled from a season-long loan spell at Charlton in January. He took the No.1 jersey following an injury to Lovre Kalinic the following month and never relinquished it, playing a key role in Villa’s charge to win promotion through the play-offs, including two crucial penalty saves in the semi-final shoot-out win over Albion.
Steer said: “I could not have dreamed for it to go how it did. The couple of months I wasn’t playing (after returning from Charlton) I worked hard and I knew if I got an opportunity I was in a good place to take it.
“To play the last few months was great. To make the saves in the penalty shoot-out was all about the hard work we had put in.”
Steer had made just nine appearances in five years at Villa prior to last season and feared his time at the club was over, after being loaned out to Charlton by then boss Steve Bruce.
He continued: “The day I got told I could go out on loan, I thought in all honesty that was my Villa career done.
“To be in a position now, having signed a new deal and the club in the Premier League, I never thought that would happen last August. I’m over the moon.”
Villa may still look to bring in another keeper during the summer window, with Stoke City’s Jack Butland and Cardiff City’s Neil Etheridge among their targets.
But Steer is ready to embrace the challenge, saying: “Competition for places is massively important.
“You look at Premier League teams and there is competition at every position. It’s healthy, it pushes you as a player on the training pitch and in games. That is part of the game. Let’s see what happens.”