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Rohan Smith takes Bradford coaching job

Press AssociationPress Association 5/05/2016 Ian Laybourn

Gold Coast assistant coach Rohan Smith is to follow in his father Brian Smith's footsteps after being appointed as Bradford's new head coach.

The 35-year-old, whose dad was the Bulls boss at the advent of Super League 20 years ago and had a recent spell in charge of Wakefield, joins the Super League Championship club on a three-year deal after securing a release from his role with the Titans.

Smith, nephew of Warrington's former England and Great Britain boss Tony Smith, experienced his first taste of coaching on English soil during a spell as assistant to Tony Rea at London Broncos in 2004.

"I cannot wait to get over to England and I am really looking forward to the next chapter of my career working for the Bulls," said Smith, who will succeed James Lowes.

"I've had a long affinity with the Bulls since 1996 at the beginning of the Super League with my dad and it was great to be a part of it watching on from the stands.

"I was fortunate enough to start coaching at a young age and my path has been a bit different to the path which most coaches take.

"I've been the apprentice at a series of NRL clubs, plus the time I spent in the UK with London Broncos and during that time, the Provident Stadium, Odsal was always an intimidating place to visit but also exciting at the same time.

"I have worked with some great coaches during my career. This position I feel is something I have worked hard for and I'm ready to take it on."

Smith is a former head coach of Tonga and spent some time on the Warriors backroom staff. He was assistant to his father at both Newcastle and Sydney Roosters and had stints at Penrith and the New Zealand Warriors.

Bradford managing director Steve Ferres said: "We would like to thank Gold Coast's CEO Graham Annesley and head coach Neil Henry for allowing Rohan to take up the position at the club.

"This is a hugely exciting time for both the Bulls and Rohan. He is a young coach with an incredible amount of energy and desire to drive this club's performance department and carve out his own legacy.

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