Terry Skiverton sings praises of injured Norwich City keeper Jed Steer
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Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton believes Norwich City have got a major goalkeeping talent on their hands in Jed Steer – but has been handed the tough task of replacing him early.
Skiverton revealed on Wednesday Norwich-born England Under-19 stopper Steer is back in Norfolk after sustaining a thigh injury at the weekend, with scans likely to rule out the 19-year-old for longer than the two weeks remaining on his three-month loan spell at Huish Park.
Given Steer has started all 12 League One fixtures, the blow is an obvious one as Skiverton continues to ensure Yeovil punch above their weight.
“He has done absolutely fantastic so far and it’s just a little bit unfortunate that he’s gone back with an injury,” said Skiverton. “Leading up to then, for a young goalkeeper he came in, kept us in a lot of games and for someone so young, he shows great maturity and I know he will go on to become a great goalkeeper.
“One thing I will look to do is when he’s back fit we will definitely look to do something to get him back. We are going to have to get someone in for the short term now, but speaking of Jed’s attributes I don’t think you would find a better shot stopper in League One, he’s that good.
“He kicks the ball very well, he’s really keen, took to the boys and embraced the lifestyle of coming all the way down to Somerset.
“With Jed right behind Declan Rudd, Norwich have got some very good young goalkeepers and for us it’s been a real positive to have someone of that calibre come down.
“For Jed it was great experience to come here. Not many goalkeepers of that age get League One experience, and it shows you the calibre of the player and also the person, because as a keeper you are a different breed.
“He got some vital experience with us so far and hopefully we may get him back again.”
Former Reepham High School pupil Steer is yet to make a senior City appearance and is likely to be primed for another spell away when he regains fitness, with Rudd proving an able top-flight deputy to John Ruddy.
As for City striker Oli Johnson, he still has more than two months to run on his own spell at Huish Park.
And for a player whose recent opportunities under City boss Paul Lambert have been limited, it remains to be seen where his future will lie.
“Paul and (City chief executive) David McNally have been very kind in letting Oli come here, we have done a deal and it’s not the first time Norwich have been very good to us,” beamed Skiverton. “There has been a really good relationship there with a club we were trying to compete on a level with two years ago, that is now a Premier League club.
“Oli came on against Colchester – who I know are Norwich’s rivals from the past – and within the space of a minute helped set up our first goal. We took him last year too and he became a major influence for us.
“We haven’t spoken about anything past that three-month spell at the moment, so for us we are really lucky to have Oli. Until I have a conversation with Paul and Mr McNally, then it will just be for the three months.”