American Tim Ream signs Bolton extension

The versatile defender will continue with Bolton after a successful campaign there last season.

Tim Ream has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him with Bolton Wanderers until 2017, the club announced Sunday.

Ream made 44 appearances for the Championship club during the 2013-14 season, earning both the team's and supporters' award for Player of the Year after impressing with his versatility. Now, after a successful work permit hearing, he is set to continue at the Macron Stadium.

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“I’m really pleased to have extended my deal here,” Ream told the club's official site. “I certainly feel like I’ve developed as a player during my time over here and with my family we’re settled in the local area.”

Ream last suited up for the USA national team in an August 2013 friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina, though he didn't see any action in the 4-3 U.S. victory. He was called up for a March match against Ukraine but declined it in order to attend to the birth of his first child.

The St. Louis native joined Bolton from the New York Red Bulls in 2012 and can play along the back line or as a central midfielder.

The BBC reported last week that Ream's American teammate Stuart Holden recently returned to Bolton to continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury, though he is currently out of contract.

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