MATTY Smith has had one full training session to find his feet in the Warrington Wolves team.

When you play an orchestrator’s role like Smith does, it can take time to get the best out of the men around you, to learn the team’s plays and systems, and for your new teammates to understand how you operate.

And with having a 17-year-old debutant in tandem with him on his debut, all eyes will be on Smith to rise to the occasion.

Head coach Steve Price believes the 32-year-old’s experience will get him through his first game in Wire colours against his hometown club St Helens, who were crowned League Leaders Shield winners at the weekend on the back of their win against Wakefield and Warrington’s loss at Catalans Dragons.

“With the short turnaround, and the game being changed from Friday to Thursday, it’s made it a little bit more difficult,”said Price.

“We travelled home on Sunday. We’ve had only one training session. It is what it is.

“He’s played enough footy to understand what it looks like.

“The calls and surroundings may be a little bit different but it’s about getting out there and enjoying his footy again, doing it with a smile and competing hard.

“I know what he can bring with his experience. And he knows a number of players within our team through the England set-up and playing at previous clubs so I felt he’s a good fit for us.

“He’s a Lance Todd trophy winner so he knows all about big games and how to win Challenge Cups and Grand Finals.

“He knows how to steer a team around the park, and he’ll add extra competition to our halves going into the business end of the season.”

Smith, who will not be eligible to play in the Challenge Cup Final on August 24 due to the competition’s transfer deadline having ended in July, is a two-time Grand Final winner and also scooped the man-of-the-match award in the 2013 Challenge Cup Final.

He has also represented his country on four occasions and was named in the Dream Team in 2013 and 2014.

The former St Helens, Salford and Wigan man has made more than 300 career appearances, scoring more than 850 points.

But after being released by Saints at the end of last season and joining Catalans Dragons he has fallen down the pecking order.

After starting the first nine matches, Smith has played in just seven of their last 17.

“Firstly I would like to thank both Catalans and Warrington for sorting the loan deal out very quickly which allows me to do what I love doing and that’s playing rugby league,” said Smith.

“Also after speaking with Steve Price and having been a big admirer of the Warrington club for so long it was a very easy decision for me to come on loan until the end of the year.

“Having worked before with a lot of the staff and playing group I am sure it will be an easy transition.”

Smith will wear the squad number 33.