Bradford Bulls have signed experienced utility back Lee Smith after his release from Leigh Centurions earlier in the year.
The 30-year old has won three Super League titles with the Leeds Rhinos, including been named the Harry Sunderland Man of the Match in the 2008 Grand Final against St Helens.
“I’m over the moon to join the club,” Smith told the Bulls website.
“To get a contract and get back playing as soon as I have is great. I can’t thank Bradford enough for that.
“I would love to help the young kids as much as I can. Leon is here, he has a lot of experience and he 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.”
An eight-time England international, Smith has also played for Wakefield and had two spells in Rugby Union with London Wasps and Newcastle Falcons.
As mentioned, he most recently played in the Championship with the Leigh Centurions and he is under no illusions the difficulty of the task that lies ahead for Bradford.
“I played last year in the championship with Leigh, some games proved to be very difficult. It’s a tough league, a lot harder than what I expected it to be when I signed, without being disrespectful to it.
“It’s not going to be fixed in a year, we are here to do a job. We can take it week by week and plan on where you’re going to pick up your two points from.
“We need to knock the twelve points off and then we can go from that and carry on looking up the ladder. The first thing is that we get these six wins and go from there.”