The Roar find themselves four points clear at the top of the table after Week 13 and are playing some utterly brilliant football under Ange Postecoglou after a dismal 2009/10 campaign.
Smith says he would rather be in his current position but knows all other clubs will be chasing as they strive to make the most of their great start by taking out this season’s title.
“The Mariners have got three matches in hand on us and if they win those three they'll go above us," Smith told the Courier-Mail.
"I'd still rather our situation of having the points in the bag, than trying to chase. We like to send out the message to the rest of the A-League to come and get us.
"But we haven't won anything yet. We're playing well, but you don't win medals halfway through the season."
The Roar’s next match is against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park this Sunday – kick-off is at 5:00pm.