Date: 27th June 2013 at 4:25pm
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Norwich City Chief Exec, David McNally has been talking to the Club’s official site about Jed Steer’s move to Aston Villa and suggested that City will seek compensation from the midlands club.

McNally said to :

“Jed is an excellent young ‘keeper with a bright future ahead of him and was very much part of our plans for next season and beyond.

“We offered him a good new contract but it looks like he has opted to sign for Aston Villa instead. We`re obviously disappointed to be losing the services of a very promising young England international ‘keeper and will be seeking substantial compensation from Villa.”

It sounds as though City will seek a biggish fee for Steer, which they are entitled to as he is under 24 years of age.

Clearly, Jed wasn’t going to play regularly for City next season and would be unlikely to even make the bench. Last season when No:1 John Ruddy was injured and Mark Bunn had to step up, the manager opted to bring in Lee Camp instead of giving Steer a chance, citing his lack of experience.

To my mind, Camp is not up to much and it would’ve been a perfect chance for Steer to have been around the first team and as we know he would’ve had a couple of chances had he been sitting in Camp’s seat against Sunderland and Wigan.

I know there have been a few doubters over Mark Bunn but I think that on the whole he was a decent back up to Ruddy and improved as the season and his game time went on. The mistake it seems, was bringing in Camp and not promoting Steer.

I don’t expect Jed thought he would displace Ruddy anytime soon and Bunn probably thinks that as well but to be overlooked at that time may have been the final straw for the lad. Obviously this is pure speculation but food for thought eh?

So, is Steer’s position going to be any better at Villa? I wouldn’t mind betting that it will be. Shay Given is knocking on and doesn’t seem to fill Paul Lambert with confidence so I feel that he may have a genuine chance of being the number two – which at 20 years old is not bad. Guzan is the number one but he only needs to get injured and Jed could be in.

Assuming that Given is the number two this season, Steer has the perfect chance to watch and learn from a very good ‘keeper and just bide his time. It’s a real shame that he didn’t feel he could bide his time with us instead…


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