Blackburn Rovers striker Benni McCarthy is predicting a big season for the Ewood Park outfit.

Rovers have impressed in the Premiership and remain unbeaten in their opening four games, while they have also made it through to the first round proper of the UEFA Cup.

And McCarthy, who was a sensation in his debut season in the Premiership, is now looking forward to a big season, especially with recent acquisition Roque Santa Cruz also on board.

"I am convinced Blackburn can achieve big things in the Premier League and the Uefa Cup this season," said McCarthy.

"The key thing is that they don't depend just on me.

"With Santa Cruz, things are better and we are able to divide the work.

"I am sure we can become one of the best partnerships in the English game.

"Last season I was fighting for the top goalscorer and now I want us to fight for a trophy."