NEWCASTLE Jets goalscoring hero Marko Jesic has praised his ex-England international teammate Francis Jeffers for his positive impact at the club after Saturday's 1-0 win over Wellington.
Jesic has scored three goals in three games since Jeffers' arrival on the Hunter Valley and the youngster said being around the former Arsenal man was making him a better player.
"It's good. I'm learning new things everyday with Franny (Jeffers)," Jesic said.
"The experience he's got, he's lending it to the other boys so it's excellent.
"It is a dream come true to be working with an English Premier league player."
After Newcastle attracted their best crowd of the season of 12,147, Jesic added he hopes the locals just keep on coming to see the in-form Jets.
"Each week we're getting more fans," he said. "They're all coming back slowly and hopefully next game we get more."
Newcastle's next match is at home to local rivals Central Coast Mariners on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Nix skipper Andrew Durante said he was bitterly disappointed after his side slipped down to eighth following their fourth loss in five matches.
"It's disappointing obviously," Durante said. "We came here, we were desperate for three points. We're struggling to climb the ladder at the moment.
"We really wanted it but we just weren't good enough on the day.
"They were better than us, we've got no excuses, we didn't create enough and we didn't get in goalscoring positions."
Durante continued: "We're not putting the ball in the back of the net. It's simple, we're conceding at one end and not scoring at the other end, and if you do that you're not going to win football games.
"We've got a lot of work to do because it's going to be a long year if we continue like this."
Wellington's next match is at home to Melbourne Heart in midweek.