After not being drafted in 2002, Andrew was advised to remain with his team, the Northern Knights. He then began playing for North Heidelberg in Melbourne's Diamond Valley league before heading over to Western Australia to play for East Perth in the WAFL, where he believed he had a greater chance of making it into AFL. He was an instant star in the WAFL, and was thrown a lifeline by Kevin Sheedy.
Andrew was a member of the Australian team that won the Cormac McAnallen Cup during the 2005 International Rules Series, the team was handpicked by his coach at Essendon F.C. Kevin Sheedy. Lovett also won the Anzac Day Medal, for best on ground in the annual match between Collingwood and Essendon.