The 19-year-old midfielder claims his move from Hamilton to Tottenham in 2009 was like "going back to school". And, after signing for the Tynecastle club two years later, he was mentored by former Gorgie favourite Paul Hartley during a loan spell at Alloa earlier this season.
Tapping has been in and out of the first team since returning to the Jambos in January, but has since become part of Billy Stark's Scotland under-21 plans.
Ahead of the trip to Dundee in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, he looked forward to taking the next step in his career.
He said: "It has been a good year for me. At the start of the season I didn't expect to play as many games as I have done. Trying to maintain a place is hard but I am enjoying it.
"My aim is to be a Hearts regular at one point, I would love that and to get there would be great.
"Alloa was a great experience. I realised straight away it was different from playing youth and under-20s football and with Paul Hartley, who is a Hearts legend, it was always good. Every game and every week, he was giving me bit of advice, letting me know what I should do to do better and what he thought would help me to progress and it helped."
Tapping recalls fondly his two "star-struck" years at Spurs, saying: "Harry Redknapp was the manager of the first team but I didn't deal with him.
"The facilities and standard was brilliant. You don't realise what you have got when you are down there. It was like going back to school, it was like a stepping stone to improve.
"On the odd occasion the first team would need players and you would be around players like Tom Huddlestone and Sandro, it was a good experience. I was a bit star struck. I was 16 and had been watching them on Sky television and then training with them the next day. It was a bit crazy but it was good. But now it is time to push on."
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