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Brighton's Mauricio Taricco vows to continue playing

Mauricio Taricco
Taricco began his career in his homeland with Argentinos Juniors

Veteran Brighton & Hove Albion defender Mauricio Taricco says he will carry on playing for as long as he is needed by manager Gus Poyet.

The 38-year-old, who is also Poyet's assistant, made his second start of the season in Sunday's win over Barnsley.

Taricco told BBC Sussex: "After 65 minutes I was struggling but you needed to keep going.

"At the moment we've got a few injuries so somehow I need to find the energy. Gus knows he can count on me."

The former Ipswich and Tottenham left-back had declared his retirement following the defeat by Crystal Palace in late September, but returned one month later and has featured in the Seagulls' last three games.

"I love it - making everyone think I've gone, then coming back," Taricco quipped.

"I said to the gaffer that I love playing football. The style we want to play, I think it suits me."

The Argentine added: "An ideal situation would be to have everyone fit and playing, and me next to Gus trying to help in any capacity.

"But I'll step in and try to do the best I can."

Poyet was full of praise for his assistant after Taricco played 90 minutes in a league game in England for the first time since May 2004.

"Tano was outstanding," Poyet told BBC Sussex.

"That's why we brought him back, and why he played in the Premiership.

"Everything he does and every decision he makes is normally right. I'm pleased for him that he was able, somehow, to cope for 90 minutes."

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Brighton 2-0 Barnsley
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Brighton boss Poyet extends deal
30 Sep 11 |  Brighton
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12 Nov 09 |  Brighton
Brighton appoint Poyet as manager
10 Nov 09 |  Brighton

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