The Bradford Bulls have signed experienced utility fullback Lee Smith on a two-year deal.
The 30-year old has played nearly 150 games for Leeds Rhinos, with more recent stints with Leigh and Wakefield.
“I’m over the moon to join the club and we can get them once back to where they once were,” he said.
“To get a contract and get back playing as soon as I have I great. I can’t thank Bradford enough for that.
“I would love to help the young kids as much I can. I think the best way that I can do that is by playing well and doing what I can for them to play off me.
“There is Leon that is here that has a lot of experience and it will be vital in bringing these kids through.
“I know that you need experience to close those games out. But again, on the flip side, these young kids can bring plenty of enthusiasm and energy, that’s what me and Leon and the older guys will need off them as well.”
Smith knows the Championship well after his time with Leigh.
“I played last year in the championship with Leigh, some games proved to be very difficult to play in,” he said.
“It’s a tough league, a lot harder than what I expected it to be when I signed, without being disrespectful to it.
Smith is aware of the bigger picture that the Bulls face, and being one of the first full-time signings, the ex-international has been around the block of Rugby League and knows what it takes to gain momentum in this league.
“It’s not going to be fixed in a year, we are here to be a job,” he said.
“We can take it week by week and plan on where you’re going to pick up your two points from then you can get bitter.
“If we just take it and knock the twelve points off, we can go from that and carry on looking up the ladder, the first thing is that we look at where we’re from when we get these six wins and look our way back up the ladder.”