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Last Updated: Friday, 29 September 2006, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Srnicek makes return to Newcastle
Pavel Srnicek
Srnicek has impressed Newcastle boss Roeder in training
Newcastle have re-signed former goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek on a short-term deal until January.

The 38-year-old former Czech Republic star spent seven years at Newcastle after joining the club from Banik Ostrava in 1991.

He has been brought in after Shay Given was sidelined for a lengthy spell with a stomach injury sustained at West Ham.

Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder said: "Watching him in training this week I have to say he is in great shape."

After leaving Newcastle, Srnicek had a second spell at Banik.

He then played for Sheffield Wednesday and Brescia in Italy before having short spells with Portsmouth and West Ham then trying his luck last season with Beira Mar in Portugal.

Roeder said: "We invited him to the game with Everton last Sunday from Italy, where he is living at the moment, and he made such an impact on us we then asked him to train with us this week.

"He's 38 but he really is super-fit and there is no way anyone can say he is past it. And don't forget keepers like David Seaman played until they were 40.

"I have to say that Pav has looked great in training and by bringing him back until the end of the year it will be great for our team spirit."


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