Ream Getting Sharper And Stronger

Ahead of the tour finale at Falkirk, Tim Ream says the team's spell in Scotland has served its purpose

There still might be one more game left to play before the players return back over the border, but Tim Ream says that the tour to Scotland has served its purpose.

Wanderers conclude their three-game stay on Wednesday evening when they face Falkirk.

Results so far have included a draw at Ayr and a loss at Hamilton, however, Ream is confident that things are shaping up nicely ahead of the big kick-off at Burnley in a little under a month.

Indeed, before the August 18 encounter at Turf Moor, Owen Coyle's charges will also visit Crewe Alexandra, Morecambe, Portsmouth and Tranmere, while Barcelona B are due to travel to the Reebok for the final friendly of pre-season.

"I think after the first week you kind of get rid of the sore legs and the tiredness and you gradually feel yourself coming back to match fitness," Ream told Wanderers Player.

"I'm not quite there yet but as we continue the next three or four weeks up to the opening game we'll continue to get better and get stronger.

"All these teams are starting their season come next week so they're pretty much at the end of their pre-season and close to match fit.

"It's a good test for us and they run for 90 minutes and press hard. It gives us an idea of what we're going to be up against in the league. It's a good first test."

Ream himself is in the midst of his first pre-season with Wanderers having joined from New York Red Bulls in January.

"I think we have all formed an even stronger camaraderie," added the American when referring to the time that the players have spent together at their Cumbernauld base in Scotland.

"You get away and spend time with just the twenty something guys and you get to know each other a little bit better. For the new guys, they are able to get integrated.

"It's been good to get away from your usual routine and get out here and bond a little better.

"Obviously there are going to be times when you train hard so you need to rest a little bit and maybe nap a little bit to recuperate.

"It's good to get out with the rest of the guys and see different things and do different things. It's about finding that balance of resting and going out and exploring.

"A couple of guys went and saw the new Batman movie the other night, guys have also gone golfing. We've visited Glasgow City Centre and it's just kind of keeping yourself busy."

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