Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer hails experienced mentors Guzan and Given

Jed Steer is looking forward to learning under Aston Villa's senior goalkeeping duo again after returning from his loan spell with Yeovil Town.

While Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer had hoped to see his Yeovil Town loan extended last month, the promising shot-stopper has told the club’s official website that he’s relishing the chance to link-up with experienced counterparts Brad Guzan and Shay Given once again.

Steer, 22, joined Villa in the summer of 2013 after leaving Norwich at the end of his contract, reuniting with former Canaries boss Paul Lambert in the West Midlands.

The former England Under-19 international has since been restricted to just three cup appearances for the club, however, and has taken in two League One loan spells this season with Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil.

Making 16 starts with the latter, including in the 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, the Norfolk-native had re-iterated his desire to remain at Huish Park until the end of the season in order to get more regular first-team football, but insists that Villa Park is just as great an environment to progress thanks to the presence of Guzan and Given.

"It's fantastic to work with Guze and Shay and that was one of the draws which encouraged me to sign for Villa in the first place,” he said. "Watching Guze, I don't think he's made a mistake in three years, he's unbelievable.

"I grew up watching Shay play so to be able to work with him now is brilliant. Little bits of advice and hints he can give you are priceless. I'm always asking questions.

"If he notices something in my game, he'll pull me to one side and say 'look, this is what you could do so try it out.

"I watched the FA Cup game against Bournemouth and he made a couple of great saves in that game.

"Just being able to watch him on telly and being able to work with him has been brilliant.”

With Guzan establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s top keepers in recent seasons, Steer’s chances of making a name for himself at Villa look slim at this point, but there is a good chance of claiming the backup role in the future with Given set to turn 39 in April.

However, with the Irishman’s contract still having another 18 months left to run, he might just decide that the wait isn't worth it.

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