Smith honoured by Newcastle captaincy
Having completed an impressive 'hat-trick', the Leeds-born player is relishing the chance to develop his leadership skills, although he intends to go about it in his own style.
"As a captain, you know what's necessary, you know what's wanted from yourself and what you can demand from others.
"That's part of growing up as a footballer, to be honest. People see you as someone other people can follow.
"When I play, it is not about ranting and raving and going on, it is about playing with a commitment and a desire that other people want to follow themselves and set an example for everyone else.
"It gives you that extra lift. It is not like you are carrying the rest of the team, but you are the focal point because you are wearing the armband.
"You have got to make sure that you are 100 per cent week in, week out and not let your standards drop."