Jet Jackson's plan for mate Borrello

Newcastle Jets defender Lachlan Jackson will be looking to get in the face of former team-mate and striker Brandon Borrello in Saturday's clash with Brisbane Roar.

Jackson describes Borrello as a "very good mate" although that won't mean much at Hunter Stadium.

The Roar's 20-year-old attacker has started Season 11 of the Hyundai A-League  with four goals in seven matches as Brisbane have moved to the top of the league.

But Newcastle's 20-year-old centre-back, who left Brisbane for the Jets before this season, reckons he has the inside word on how to stop Borrello.

"I think we've just got to get to him early. You know, he's quick, so if we can stop him opening up his legs we should be alright," Jackson said on Wednesday.

Jackson has started the Jets' past three matches since Daniel Mullen [knee] went down at training earlier this month.

The Townsville-born defender paid tribute to his veteran team-mates, particularly skipper Nigel Boogaard and right-back Jason Hoffman, for helping him settle in Newcastle's line-up.

"'Boogs' has been there and done it all, so he's always there lending a hand," Jackson said. "'Hoffy' is the same, every break at training he's there telling me what I can and can't do."

After consecutive draws, Jackson argued it is vital Newcastle return to winning ways against Brisbane, especially after failing to taste victory in their past two home fixtures.