The 16-year-old has enjoyed a promising start to life in Rodolfo Borrell's U18 side and struck a stunning goal in the recent 6-0 thrashing of Bolton.
He admits his Australian roots means he grew up admiring some of the Socceroos's most influential players but feels his playing style is more akin to Wales winger, Bale.
"I've always looked up to the Australian footballers. I know Harry Kewell used to play here but it's actually Everton's Tim Cahill who I look up to the most," he told us during a chat at the Academy.
"I think he's been one of the most successful players from the Australia national team ever. He's also done very well in the Premier League.
"But I don't really play anything like him.
"I'm a left back that likes to get down the wing and get crosses in. I don't really model myself on other full-backs but I suppose I'd like to think I have similar attributes to Gareth Bale! If I can get anywhere near his level I'd be made up!"
Smith's move to England has seen him embark upon a whole new way of life.
Given the complete change in his surroundings it is perhaps no surprise to learn that he has yet to decide where his true allegiance lies.
"I was born in Australia and lived there for 14 years before moving over here," he said.
"I went on to play for the same school as Jack Robinson but I'm completely focused on playing here now.
"I suppose I'm half English and half Australian! I don't know who I would support if the two teams played each other."
The U18s have won five of their opening 11 FA Premier Academy League matches and Smith remains optimistic that they can enjoy a successful season under the guidance of Borrell.
"We've got a strong squad. I think we can do well this season. The banter is really good and the players are determined to do well," he added.
"Rodolfo offers me good advice and tells me to try to use my right foot more to develop it. He encourages me to do that in every training session to help me improve. I think he's a good coach and I'm enjoying working with him."