St Kilda discard Andrew Lovett is training in private in the hope of an AFL return.

The midfielder wants to return to football at the highest level after being acquitted of two counts of rape in July.

Lovett said he would nominate for the draft and has taken steps to restore his fitness in recent months.

It is understood Lovett, who has not played AFL since he was traded from Essendon in 2009, has embarked on an intensive physical conditioning program in Melbourne.

Sources close to Lovett, who is 29 next month, and has played 88 games at Essendon, said his progress was encouraging.

But the only club which has appeared willing to consider Lovett is Greater Western Sydney.

The Giants appear unlikely to take the former matchwinner on board unless their position is swayed by his commitment over the next two months.

At his peak, Lovett was considered one of the most damaging midfielders in the competition.

Andrew Krakouer’s successful return to the AFL after a jail term in Western Australia has fuelled hope of another chance within the Lovett camp.

His only hope of an AFL lifeline appears to be via either the rookie or pre-season drafts in December.

Giants boss Kevin Sheedy said Lovett, who he coached at Windy Hill, would want to show total commitment to football to warrant any thought.

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