Veteran defender Tim Ream has committed his future to Fulham following the London club’s relegation to the Championship.

The experienced American centre back, who extended his contract at Craven Cottage last summer to 2022, told a press conference ahead of his Concacaf Nations League duty with the United States that has discussed his future with Fulham and wants to help Scott Parker’s side secure an immediate return to the top flight.

The 33 year-old said:

“I’m happy to stay at Fulham and play my part. I’ve had conversations with Scott [Parker] and the backroom staff, they want me there and I want to be there. I still have that drive to stay in England. I’d love the daily, the daily grind and constant pressure, promotion/relegation, trying to be the best that you can possibly be, with consequences. And if you don’t perform, you’re dropped very quickly.”

Ream made only ten first-team appearances for Fulham this season, but was named captain for the Whites’ final two fixtures against Manchester United and Newcastle. The former Bolton defender has made 204 appearances in six years at Craven Cottage and has become something of a cult hero amongst the Fulham faithful.