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