By DAN KARELL
After a difficult season with Bolton where he spent more time on the bench than on the field, Tim Ream is hoping that his head coach’s latest experiment will lead to the playing time he desires.
The left-footed defender started and played 73 minutes at left back in Bolton’s first preseason friendly match, a 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United (ironically played at “New York Stadium). According to reports, Ream fared better than expected, despite not playing the position for Bolton or his former club New York Red Bulls.
“I haven’t played there in four years so it’s a little bit of an adjustment,” Ream told the Bolton News. “I’m working on it day by day but I’m trying to pick up on things and, hopefully, I can stake my claim for a starting position.”
Though his manager Dougie Freeman has made clear that he sees Ream as a centerback, the 25-year-old American’s versatility helps make Freeman’s job easier and should give Ream more chances to see the field this coming season.
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