The 35-year-old Australian, who has worked at a raft of NRL clubs, takes control of his first game when Bradford head to Sheffield Eagles on Friday.
He watched them thrash Swinton Lions 54-8 on Sunday and will now look to pep them up for a charge out of the Championship.
“I spent a good chunk of this morning viewing footage of the guys who are off contract here at the end of the year and getting my head around the current roster of players,” said Smith, the son of former Bradford coach Brian.
“I worked with or under probably half a dozen of the current NRL coaches, so there is a great network there, and I’ve a good relationship with a lot of player managers (agents) back home.
“I’ve been in discussions with them, let them know where I’m heading and to keep their phone on.”
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