MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Andrew Lovett #41 and Nathan Lovett-Murray #42 for the Bombers sing the club song after the round eighteen AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Geelong Cats at the Telstra Dome on July 29, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Former Bomber retires from local football

Former Essendon midfielder Andrew Lovett has retired from Sorrento in the Nepean Football Netball League after just five games.

The ex-Bomber left the club due to personal reasons, as Sharks head coach Nick Jewell confirmed to the Herald Sun.

“He’s got things away from football he needs to sort out,’’ Jewell said.

The 34-year-old kicked nine goals in his short stint at Sorrento, and helped the club to a 5-0 start.

Lovett played 88 games for Essendon between 2005-2009, and won the ANZAC Day Medal in his first season at Windy Hill.

He was then traded to St Kilda at the end of the 2009 season, but had his contract terminated in February the following year before he could make an appearance for the club.

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Former Melbourne and Collingwood forward Chris Dawes will play with the Sharks this weekend however, after booting six goals in his opening two matches with the Mornington Peninsula club.