Aston Villa are set to offer goalkeeper Jed Steer an extended Villa Park deal, according to a report by the Sun.
They report that Dean Smith is keen to tie down the 26-year-old stopper, who has just a year left on his current contract.
The report eludes to the fact that Jack Butland may soon come in as Villa’s number one goalkeeper, but Smith wants to keep Steer as part of his pre-season plans and resolve his future.
Steer was of course between the sticks as Villa got themselves back into the Premier League via the play-offs in May, but is inexperienced at top flight level.
But Villa fans took to Twitter to praise their club for apparently kickstarting negotiations for the glovesman, irrespective of Butland’s potential arrival or anything else.
They recognise what he did for the club last season and many of them feel that he has earned his shot at the Premier League.
At the very least, it surely makes sense to preserve the value of a player who still has plenty of service left in him and reward a play-off hero for his work…
I think he has shown patience and has taken his chance and it should be his shirt til otherwise proven different.
— AVFC_RELIGION-AUS (@AvfcReligionAus) June 19, 2019
Think we need stability at the back, that’s where you get punished if you’re weak. I’d like to see someone really push Steer, I think he’s a very good keeper personally but always room for improvement
— All my Heros are Villans (@Down_The_Wing) June 19, 2019
Very interested if he signs it, if true what with the club looking to Butland etc. Can rightly feel he’s at a stage in his career where he wants to play #avfc
— Mr Thompson (@mrthompson81) June 19, 2019
Good luck to him, deserves his chance. Has waited long enough. Let him keep his spot.
— Mark (@welbell) June 19, 2019
— Hilary Motteram (@hilarymotteram) June 19, 2019
Great news to hear that @JedSteer is in talks to agree a new contract! A slight unsung hero of last season who played a huge part in Aston Villa’s promotion push and deserves the recognition he finally got in the Play-offs. #JedSteer #ContractTalks #TransferWindow
— The Boys From Aston (@boysfromaston) June 19, 2019