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working with the two of them as well.

"Especially on the mentality side of it. Every single ball that comes towards them, they want to go and save it. If they drop one ball they're disappointed with themselves.

"You want perfection. I've learned that off them, every ball coming towards you, you've got to have it every time.

"Everyone can always improve, all aspects of my game. We work every day on lots of bits and pieces, so if I can improve on my whole game, that would be brilliant.

"We'll be doing shooting with the first team and Guz and Shay, when it's my turn to work, will be there making sure I'm set. We all talk to each other because they can see a different view and we all help each other along."

Steer admits he has become close to Guzan ? FROM BACK PAGE and Given on and off the training pitch and his fellow custodians have also encouraged him to take up yoga to improve his core stability.

"You've got the goalkeepers' union there," he added.

"We all do yoga together and we're always with each other because we have our own specific training beforehand. We all have a laugh and we've got a tight little group there.

"The outfield players try to give us a bit of banter, but no-one messes with the goalies, simple as.

"You've got to be mad to be a goalie, too right! It's my first year of doing yoga. I've always wanted to do it. Shay really likes it and Terry swears by it.

"I really enjoy doing it. It's nice as a warm-up, get your legs going, have a good stretch and become more flexible. You work a lot on your core, so that's massive in football."

ROOKIE goalkeeper Jed Steer has revealed Shay Given and Brad Guzan are helping him with his quest for Premier League perfection while he awaits his chance in the big time.

The promising 21-year-old stopper has moved ahead of experienced Given as Guzan's deputy since arriving from Norwich in the summer for a fee still to be set by a tribunal.

But Steer admits working alongside his boyhood idol Given, No.1 Guzan and goalkeeping coach Terry Gennoe has underlined the standards he must achieve to play in the top flight.

He played in both of Villa's Capital One Cup ties this season, keeping a clean sheet in the win over Rotherham but conceding four during the exit against Tottenham last month.

Having also played in cup competitions for Norwich, Steer is waiting for his Premier League debut after being signed as competition and cover for consistent keeper Guzan.

"It's been brilliant," said Steer. "Terry's a good laugh, but when it's time to work, it's time to work. There's good quality in training.

"Working with Shay and Guz has been brilliant as well. You just look at them. Shay's played so many games, he's so experienced, he was an idol of mine when I was younger so it's been great ? TURN TO PAGE 55 Shay Given.


Shay Given.

Jed Steer says it is a brilliant experience learning from the best in the game.
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