By Graham Hill
VILLA keeper Jed Steer admits he is happy to see Norwich go up – and wants to follow them into the Premier League.
Steer joined Villa six years ago on a free when he followed former boss Paul Lambert from Carrow Road to Villa Park.
And while he could miss out on Sunday’s clash with the Canaries on Sunday due to a foot injury, Steer hopes to be back for the play offs and he wants to follow his boyhood club into the top flight.
Steer told edp.24.co.uk: “That would be fantastic. Norwich is my hometown club and I always want to see them do well,” he said.
“Obviously my focus is on us going up. If we can follow them into the Premier League, I’d be delighted.”
Steer has emerged as Villa boss Dean Smith’s preferred choice fior the No1 shirt.
But he picked up the injury during last Sunday’s explosive game at Leeds and may not be risked this weekend – the final round of the regular Championship season which could see Norwich crowned as title winners.
Steer admitted the secret of his long spell at Villa Park is refusing to sulk.
He added: “I came here as a very young goalkeeper, learning my trade – and I still am.
“I had my loan spells away, which were great. I got my games in.
“The last couple of years have been very stop-start for me. I had a couple of serious injuries but, in all honesty, they’ve only made me stronger mentally. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
“Going out to Charlton did me the world of good. It got me going again.
“I’d not played continuous football before that point since I was at Huddersfield. Working with Andy Marshall down there, he really got me firing.
“Coming back here and working with the management team has been top drawer.
“I’ve now managed to get into the team. I’ve loved it.
“We’ve picked up some really good points. I want to stay in the team, of course – that’s my aim. At the end of the day, everyone wants to play.
“You can either sulk about it that you’re not playing or you can embrace it and look to improve every day to become the number one.”