American defender Tim Ream is poised to sign a new contract with Fulham ahead of the club’s return to the Premier League.

The 30 year-old St. Louis native was voted the club’s player of the season last term after a series of composed displays at the heart of the Fulham defence helped the Whites mount a 23-match unbeaten league run and win promotion via the Championship play-offs. Ream’s resurgence as a first-team regular capped a remarkable transformation from when he was told he was surplus to requirements by Slavisa Jokanovic two summers ago.

The former Bolton defender has made 122 appearances for Fulham, scoring two goals, since moving to Craven Cottage in August 2015. He has a year to run on his existing deal and, should he finalise a contract extension with the Cottagers, Ream will follow in the footsteps of captain Tom Cairney, who yesterday agreed a new deal that will keep him in west London until at least the summer of 2023.

Ream, who has won 26 senior international caps for the United States, has become a firm favourite of the Craven Cottage faithful and securing his future at Fulham will be well received by the club’s fanbase.