“It’s a really cool feeling to be recognized again by the club’s supporters,” Ream told bwfc.co.uk. “As I said before, it’s nice and humbling knowing that people think you’ve done a good job, but at the end of the day it’s about the squad.
“Personally, the past two years have definitely been a real eye opener. When I was involved last season I was a little unnerved purely by how different the style was to the other leagues I’ve played in.
“There are so many demands in this league and to begin with I probably wasn’t prepared for that, but it definitely gave me motivation coming into this season.
“I feel settled off the field, and that’s also a big factor whether people believe it or not. I feel happy and am working in a structure and programme that really helps us, as players.”
Ream is the second American in the last four seasons to win this award at Bolton after Stuart Holden earned the honors in 2010-11 (that seems so long ago).