McCarthy eyeing Ewood Park exit

Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy is hoping Rovers will allow him to

leave the club during the upcoming January transfer window.

The South African striker has grown increasingly

disillusioned with life at Ewood Park of late and feels the time is

right to take on a fresh challenge.

The final straw came during Monday’s 2-2 draw with

Sunderland, when he was booed from the field on being substituted.

McCarthy has since been called in for early morning fitness

training by Rovers boss Sam Allardyce and admits he is no longer

prepared to put up with the unfair treatment.

“Enough’s enough, I feel I’ve been stepped on too much and

it’s best I go,”

McCarthy said in the Daily Mail. “I feel I’m being singled

out unfairly. I wasn’t any worse than the other lads, yet I’m the

only one on duty from that game (against Sunderland) being asked to

come in at 7am.

“Yes, I admit I’ve had issues with hitting the weight targets

the manager has set and that’s my fault, but I put 100 per cent in

on the pitch and always try my hardest. It seems I’m being punished

more than others.”

McCarthy, who joined Blackburn from Porto in 2006, is keen to

stay in the Premier League and hopes a New Year switch elsewhere

will help to keep his World Cup dreams alive. The 32-year-old

frontman added: “I’d like to stay in England. This is a great


“I’m just unhappy with my situation and need to feel wanted

again. I’m not getting any younger but I know I can still make an


“This is a very big year for me. To come from South Africa

and have the chance to play for my country in the World Cup is


“I can’t risk that by playing the odd game here and there for

Blackburn. I need to play and I hope they will allow me to fulfil

that dream.

“They got me for next to nothing and they’ve had a good

return with more than 50 goals in about 130 games.

“Hopefully they won’t ask an unreasonable fee and let me go

when the window opens.”