Jed Steer is to be rewarded for his contribution to Aston Villa’s promotion with a new contract, according to the Sun.
They report that the 26-year-old has just one year left on his current deal and Dean Smith is eager to make sure he commits his future to the club and will form part of their plans next season.
The report says that there had been uncertainty around Steer’s future because of links to Stoke City stopper Jack Butland, but that Steer is ‘poised’ to sign a new deal and fight for his place in the team.
Steer was out on loan at Charlton in the early part of last season but was recalled from loan when Lovre Kalinic got injured and didn’t look back after that.
He was the hero of the hour in the semi-final penalty shoot-out victory over local rivals West Brom, but there could perhaps be question marks over his ability to cut it in the top flight.
There is perhaps a school of thought that Villa need to be ruthless and get in a more established stopper to be number one – but that shouldn’t preclude them from resolving the contract situation of a player who has just a year left on his current deal.
Steer would be a very able number two and it is always healthy to have a hungry second choice goalkeeper fighting for the gloves.