The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

TIM Ream re­vealed the fact that Ful­ham have a long history of nur­tur­ing Amer­i­can tal­ent helped him de­cide to join the Lon­don club.

De­fender Ream, 27, played Euro­pean football while on Bolton’s books, but now plies his trade at Craven Cot­tage af­ter mov­ing across in the trans­fer win­dow.

The Amer­i­can fol­lows in the foot­steps of com­pa­tri­ots Brian McBride, Clint Dempsey and Car­los Bo­cane­gra – to name just a few – who have played for Ful­ham, and Ream ad­mit­ted this was a de­cid­ing fac­tor in see­ing him put pen to pa­per.

“That was a big stick­ing point for me, the guys who have come be­fore me, Brian McBride – be­ing a St Louis Univer­sity guy, my­self as well – and Kasey Keller and Bo­cane­gra and Dempsey,” said Ream.

“You look at the guys who have played there and re­ally had suc­cess­ful ca­reers there and it re­ally just felt right.

“With the way they’ve been treated and were wel­comed with open arms and had such good ca­reers there, it re­ally helped me make the de­ci­sion.

“There were a lot of things that go into it: foot­balling de­ci­sions, what they were do­ing off the field, the type of club that it is, the way it’s run, the way it’s or­gan­ised.

“But the fact that they had so many Amer­i­cans that have come be­fore me there re­ally did put it over the top for me.”

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