Date: 26th June 2013 at 4:34pm
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Norwich City goalkeeper Jed Steer has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Aston Villa when he becomes a free agent on 1st July.

The news that Steer, who was born in Norwich and joined the Club as a nine year old, is leaving will come as a big shock to many City fans. The fact that he is to join Villa makes this news even more disappointing.

Steer joined the City academy aged nine and signed his first professional contract at 17. He has represented England at U16, U17 and U19 levels and he has a very bright future as a goal keeper ahead of him.

Paul Lambert obviously knows all about Jed and when speaking to the Official Aston Villa site said:

‘Bringing in Jed will also add to the goalkeeping department and helps with everyone pushing one another, learning from one another and making everyone better and wanting to improve.

‘You want competition for places throughout the team, which is something we didn’t have last season.’

It is unclear as to whether Steer was offered a new contract by Norwich and declined to sign it, meaning this was in the pipeline for a while, or that he just wasn’t offered a new deal – I’d like to think it was the former but we’ll have to wait for an official confirmation on that one.

Not a good day…

OTBC