A developing ruckman/key position player, McCarthy’s journey to become an AFL player was different to most of the 2016 Draft class. After spending 2015 at High School in California playing Basketball, McCarthy decided to return home and pursue footy. His 2016 saw him impress early on with the Dandenong Stingrays, represent Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships and work hard to overcome a foot injury. . McCarthy was selected by Collingwood with pick 7 at the 2016 NAB AFL Rookie Draft. His height and athleticism will provide Collingwood with a ruckman/defender of promise for the future.