Doncaster Rovers: Steer delight at working with Premier League idols Dickov and Gerrard

Jed Steer. Photo: Steve Uttley.
Jed Steer. Photo: Steve Uttley.

He’s seen them on the television, and now Jed Steer is relishing the chance of working with Premier League idols Paul Gerrard and Paul Dickov.

For the on-loan goalkeeper from Aston Villa admits to watching the Rovers pair play for the likes of Everton and Manchester City as a youngster.

And now the 21-year-old can’t wait to learn his trade alongside Doncaster’s goalkeeping coach and the manager during his three-month stay at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“I didn’t know the gaffer [before arriving at Doncaster]. But speaking to him, he sounds like a really good guy,” said the former Norwich City trainee.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him and also Paul Gerrard, the goalkeeper coach, who I knew of years ago when he was playing and I was a young one coming up.

“He was always someone I saw on the telly and from watching the ‘Premier League Years’ - you can see the two of them on there, so I’m really looking forward to working with both of them.”

Steer, who has played at England youth level, admits to not being fully aware of his loan move to Doncaster but that he was ‘over the moon’.

“I’m really pleased to be here, I went to training with Aston Villa and the manager [Paul Lambert] told me I was going to Doncaster for three months,” he said.

“I was over the moon [after being told of the loan deal].

“I was really, really pleased. Doncaster are a great club and I’m really looking forward to pushing on and really going for it this season.”

Steer wants to use the switch to Rovers as a platform to challenge experienced duo Shay Given and Brad Guzan for the number one spot at Villa Park.

“I just want Doncaster to perform well and get the results,” said Steer, who spent time on loan at Cambridge United and Yeovil Town - Doncaster’s 2014-15 League One season opening opponents.

“Personally, I want to play well and help the team as much as I can.

“Above me I’ve got Shay Given and Brad Guzan [at Villa].

“It’s great to work with them everyday, I’ve learnt so much from them.

“So, hopefully I’ll get a few games at Rovers and go back to Villa and push the two of them.

“I’m hoping to play a few more games here, I only played a few at Cambridge and just over ten at Yeovil so here, hopefully, I’ll play a few more.”

He added: “I’m really looking forward to the physicality of League One, hopefully it all goes well.”