The midfielder agreed to link up with the Tractor Boys earlier this summer on a free transfer from Bristol City, who were relegated to League One last season.
Having seen the 27-year-old up close in training recently, McCarthy believes that he has recruited an extremely "versatile" player.
"Cole is a really good character, he was captain there and is a talented, tall and rangy midfielder," McCarthy is quoted as saying by the East Anglian Daily Times.
"He is certainly versatile and can fill in at right-back and that helps if you are going to be having a squad of 20 to 22 players. He is a good guy and I have not heard a bad word about him."
Skuse came through the ranks at Bristol City and went on to make over 300 appearances for the club.