Six years after falling into the Championship, American Tim Ream is headed back to the Premier League.
Ream started for Fulham, which beat Aston Villa, 1-0 in the final of the English promotion playoffs, a win estimated to worth an estimated $200
million for the television revenues the Cottagers will earn in the EPL.
The 30-year-old defender went down with Bolton Wanderers in 2012 after moving from the New York Red Bulls. He
played three seasons with Bolton in the Championship before moving to Fulham in 2015.
Late in the fall, Fulham was in 17th place and worrying about falling into the relegation zone. Then
the Cottagers ran off a 23-game unbeaten streak to finish third in the Championship. They could have won promotion automatically but lost to Birmingham City, 3-1, on the final day of the regular
"I don't know that you can describe what the feeling is right now and the emotions," Ream told Sky Sports "and the release of everything that's gone on this season, in the second
half of the season. There's not many better feelings than this.
"It's incredible. I had a taste of it what, six years ago now, and I wanted to get back ever since. It's the top of the
top. Now to be back there and to get a change again to prove ourselves against some of the best in the world, there's nothing better."
Ream was a key fixture on the backline, playing
every minute of his 47 starts for Fulham. Of his 226 league games in England, just 13 were in the EPL.