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By ESPN Staff

Keeper Srnicek rejoins Newcaste aged 38

Goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has secured an emotional return to Newcastle United at the age of 38.

The former Czech international, who spent seven years on Tyneside before being released in July 1998, has been signed as cover for Steve Harper while Shay Given recovers from abdominal surgery.

Srnicek will stay on Tyneside until the first week in January, a spell which will take in the third round of the FA Cup.

He could go straight into the squad for Sunday's Premiership trip to Manchester United - provided his international clearance comes through from Portugal, where he spent last season with Beira Mar.

After leaving Newcastle in 1998, Srnicek went onto play for Sheffield Wednesday, Brescia in Italy before having short spells with Portsmouth and West Ham United.

Fans favourite Srnicek has been training with the Magpies for the last week and has done enough to suggest to manager Glenn Roeder that he still has what it takes to cut it at the top level, despite his advancing years.

Roeder told the offcial Newcastle website: 'Watching him in training this week I have to say he is in great shape.

'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.'