Steer: I’ve come back to fight for my place

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

JED Steer was happy to an­swer Villa’s SOS call this week – but in­sists he’s not come back to sit on the side­lines all sea­son.

The goal­keeper was en­joy­ing a suc­cess­ful loan spell at League One side Charl­ton Ath­letic be­fore Dean Smith called him back fol­low­ing an in­jury to Or­jan Ny­land.

Steer per­formed well in the 2-2 draw with QPR on New Year’s Day but is ex­pected to play sec­ond fid­dle to Lovre Kalinic once he’s up-and-run­ning.

The 26-year-old is mak­ing it his aim to push the Croa­t­ian all the way, though, after ad­mit­ting he’s missed too much time of first-team foot­ball dur­ing a stop-start five years at the club.

“To come back and get the shirt back on was great, par­tic­u­larly in front of the home fans,” said Steer.

“I en­joyed play­ing the games down at Charl­ton as I’d had a cou­ple of years out of the game prior to the loan. Now I re­ally want to just keep play­ing and that is the aim.”

Asked what Smith had said about Kalinic’s ar­rival, Steer said: “A new goal­keeper has come in and it is go­ing to be a chal­lenge. It’s go­ing to be a bat­tle.

“I want to play as many games as I can, so I am look­ing for­ward to that chal­lenge. We will see what hap­pens.

“By the sounds of it I am here to the end of the sea­son so that is the plan.”

Hav­ing the chance to fight for the Villa jersey once again is ex­cit­ing, but Steer would have hap­pily stayed at Charl­ton where he was en­joy­ing his time.

“It was on Sun­day morn­ing when I got a phone call to say ‘we need you back’. I was ac­tu­ally back home in Nor­wich at the time, so I had to go back down to Charl­ton to get my boots and gloves and then head back to Birm­ing­ham.

“It was great play­ing for Charl­ton, too. The fans were bril­liant.

“They turned up every week home and away and I loved my time there.

“I re­ally hope they can get the job done and go up.”

Villa are in FA Cup ac­tion on Satur­day when they meet Cham­pi­onship ri­vals Swansea City at Villa Park in a third round tie.

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