New Warriors football general manager Brian Smith during his time at the Roosters.

The Warriors have signed former NRL coach Brian Smith as their new football general manager.

Smith has coached 601 NRL games - ranking him third behind Wayne Bennett and Tim Sheens - and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

"The role of GM football is critical to our organisation's progress," Warriors CEO Cameron George said.

"The GM will drive all aspects of football operations and leave no stone unturned in ensuring we have our system right and a very strong enforcement of standards and accountability.

"…In Brian we're securing a person who has lived and breathed it for more than 600 NRL games at multiple clubs and obviously knows what is required.

"With this structure now in place, Stephen Kearney can concentrate specifically on coaching and set aside to Brian all other football department-related activities. The model we're introducing is used to great effect in many sports."

Smith has coached the Illawarra Steelers, St George Dragons, Parramatta Eels, Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters, along with English sides Hull, Bradford and Wakefield.