The 26-year-old goalkeeper signed a one-year extension, ensuring that he will spend an 8th season in the claret and blue next Autumn.
In the middle of writing a post about Jed Steer’s unlikely rise to the starting goalkeeper position, we were shown some news. Steer, who previously was out-of-contract in the summer, signed a one-year extension with Aston Villa.
His new deal will keep him through summer 2020. The deal was completed when Villa recalled the player from his loan at Charlton Athletic, where he was enjoying extended match time in England’s third tier.
Steer’s recall came about when incumbent starter Ørjan Nyland ruptured an achilles tendon shortly before New Year’s Day, necessitating additional depth behind veteran Mark Bunn. When the January window opened, Croatia No. 1 Lovre Kalinic was brought in to be Dean Smith’s first signing as Aston Villa manager. He retained that role, for a time, but a concussion in February sidelined him for a single match. Steer covered for him and never let up.
During Villa’s current four match winning streak, Steer has conceded just once (and even that was fluky, deflected shot vs. Nottingham Forest). Under a renewed defense anchored by Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Ahmed Elmohamady, and Steer, the claret and blues are back in the play-off picture with twelve points on the bounce.
What it means long-term?
Nyland and Kalinic each have two and four years to run on their deals, respectively. Any good club requires two strong goalkeeping options, so it’s surmise to say Villa will use the rest of this season to further analyze performances. At worst, Jed Steer has played himself back into a deputy position at Aston Villa and earned another year on his deal.