I thought McCarthy did a decent job to be honest, every team at that level needs a battering ram.
For me, Hargreaves, Heathcote, O'Sullivan, McGregor (on a good day), Stonebridge were the better ones.
Belgrave had pace but not much a footballing brain.
Thankfully the dross was gradually sifted out once Sturrock arrived.
Even the early Sturrock period had its share of lemons or risky punts that didn't come off - Opinel, Stuart Elliott, Sean Evers, Michael Meaker, Stuart Malcolm, Eugene Kangalungu etc etc... and a couple of journeymen like Heaney and Banger that came in and did a job.
I wonder who we'll end up with, next season. These days there seems to be a lot more emphasis on picking up cast-offs from academies of bigger clubs rather than signing experienced pros like Graham Coughlan or Mick Heathcote to be the bedrock of the side.
Agree Drew, personally I thought Stuart Elliott was one of, if not the worst player to ever put on a green shirt. Rather sensibly Luggy tended to get players in he wasn't sure about on short term contracts. Dropped a bollock with the 3 year deal for Evers though.
Assembled a Championship winning team in a matter of months, he had to make sure he had a real good look at the player before making a committment.
Remember being a bit gutted he didn't take Nicky Banger on a long-term deal especially after his equaliser at Oxford.. but ended up getting an even better player in in Marino Keith.