The Argentine has a smile on his face as he walks the grounds of Spurs Lodge with his new mate Gus Poyet — a far cry from his understandably sullen demeanour of last term as he contemplated a long stint in the treatment room.
Mauricio was struck down with groin-related problems in September of last season, a problem compounded for the team with Ben Thatcher following him onto the treatment table shortly afterwards.
He managed a couple of reserve games at the end of the campaign and is now seeking a path into the plans of the manager for the new season.
The 27-year-old did not disagree when it was suggested that this pre-season is like a new start for him.
"Definitely, I had a nightmare with this injury last year, but hopefully that will stay in the past," said a hopeful Mauricio, who added that he feels like a weight has been lifted off his shoulders.
"Of course, if you can’t run you can’t compete, so I believe now I can run, kick the ball about and join in. It is now up to me to play well and try to get a place in the team and do something good for the club."
It is doubtful whether any player is relishing pre-season training and friendlies more that Mauricio Taricco. For our elegant left-back it is a release from a near season-long injury hell.