Jed Steer buoyed for Aston Villa future after Premier League debut

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The 22-year-old goalkeeper made his first top-flight start for the club in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Burnley.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer has told AVTV of his delight at earning his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 1-0 final-day defeat to Burnley.

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

The ex-England Under-19 international would go on to make just three cup appearances for the club prior to the Clarets clash, though, as well as taking in two League One loan spells earlier this season with Doncaster Rovers and then Yeovil Town.

However, with Shay Given going down with a groin injury ahead of Burnley’s visit, manager Tim Sherwood elected to hand the club’s third-choice stopper his first top-flight start over Brad Guzan.

While the youngster made a nervy start at Villa Park, he could do little about Danny Ings’ sixth-minute winner and grew in confidence over the course of the match to produce a fine second-half save to deny George Boyd.

The result was obviously disappointing but, having now gotten his first taste of league action for the club, the ex-Norwich trainee is eager to keep himself in Sherwood’s plans for the future.

“What an experience it was out there,” said Steer. “It was something I’ve never had before. I’ve played my games out on loan but that’s nothing like it was out there today.

“That’s what I want to be playing more of. I want to be playing more here. I’ve now got to bide my time, hopefully get some more games out on loan and come back and kick on.

“Going out and playing games on loan, I’ve learned loads. I’ve picked up different tips here and there from goalkeeping coaches, and from just playing the games as well.

“That really helped me out there today and it was brilliant.”

Steer also reserved special praise for the fellow keepers Given and Guzan after the pair offered him a few words of wisdom in the run-up to the game.

“Both of them were brilliant in the changing room beforehand,” he added. “I had a good chat with Shay and Brad out on the pitch too – it’s been great to learn from those two.”

With Sherwood rumoured to be looking at goalkeeping options for the summer transfer window [h/t Daily Mail], it remains to be seen what the future holds for Steer at Villa Park but, at just 22, there is little reason to right off his claret and blue career at this stage.

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