Huddersfield Town have signed Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer on loan for a month and he’s all set for a debut at Cardiff City tomorrow.
Manager Chris Powell has confirmed Joe Murphy is out injured, so the 22-year-old former Norwich City stopper will step up as Town bid for a first win of the Championship season.
The 6ft 2in Steer – an England age-group international – played on loan for Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town last season before playing the final match of the Premier League season for Villa against Burnley. He has played 57 senior matches and 14 in England Youth colours.
He trained with Town at PPG Canalside this morning and, assuming he comes through the South Wales trip unscathed, will also be between the sticks when Powell take his squad to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.
He is the fifth loan signing by Powell, who also has Emyr Hughes, Mustapha Carayol, Jamie Paterson and Elliott Ward on the books and ready to feature.
“We are really pleased to have Jed here for an initial month and we’ll see what happens beyond that,” said Powell, who confirmed striker James Vaughan is injured and not involved.
“We feel we’ve got a good keeper to help us in the short term because we’ve had a lot going on with goalkeepers with Alex Smithies’ departure and, sadly, Joe Murphy getting injured in training last week.
“There is real disappointment there, because personally I feel he’s been really good and he has always wanted a run. Now, as soon as it’s dropped in his lap, is is out again.
“We recognised there was always an issue in that area. We have Lloyd Allinson, who is a dilligent young keeper, but of course going into this vital period of games for us we needed another keeper to come in.
“Jed has played on loan at a few clubs and also for Villa in the Premier League, so there are high hopes for him in his career and we hope we’ll be able to utilise the quality he has in the month he is with us.
“It’s not easy getting good keepers on loan, but Jed was always a ‘tick’ for us among people we’ve kept an eye on and he will go straight into the squad.
“Your centre forward and your goalkeeper are the two most vital positions – one to score the goals and one to stop them – and we’ve got a keeper now alongside Lloyd who I’m comfortable will be able to go into these games and perform.”