Andrew Lovett

11 November 1982
St Kilda FC
2003 Rookie Draft
2005 Rookie List Elevation
2005 AFL Debut
2005 International Rules Series
2009 Traded from Essendon to St Kilda

Originally from Preston RSL and then the Northern Knights U18s, Andrew wanted to keep his AFL dream alive after not being drafted in his final TAC Cup year of 2002. Andrew remained in Melbourne, playing for North Heidelberg in the Diamond Valley League before making the move and heading over to WA to play for East Perth in the WAFL. Lovett was an instant star in that competition with his pace and dazzling skills and it wasn’t long before an AFL club pounced.

Andrew was taken by Essendon in the Rookie Draft of 2003 and plied his trade with VFL affiliate, Bendigo Bombers. He was then given a chance after being elevated from the rookie list in 2005 and debuted that season. Andrew went on to play 20 games in his first season of AFL football and gave an immediate impression that he was something special. That year, Andrew was selected in the International Rules Series and was voted best on ground in the ANZAC Day match against Collingwood, winning the ANZAC Medal.

Lovett played just 16 games in 2007 because of knee and shoulder injuries but when he was on song there were few who could match him. A natural and rare talent, Andrew had a mixed season in 2008 during which he dominated some games and missed others through suspension.  However, when at his best, Lovett delivered game turning explosiveness that few players can.

In 2009, Andrew was committed to turning things around and he did exactly that. To date, 2009 has been Lovett’s best season. His electrifying pace, attack and goal sense were the key to a number of Essendon wins and he was shaping as a genuine champion.

After his impressive 2009 season, Andrew was traded from the Bombers to the Saints, in exchange for the Saints’ first round pick.