Around this time last year, when Dick was in the middle of a 12-month recovery from surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, that's the dark place this richly talented, whippet-like Aboriginal footballer found himself.
He wanted to quit his AFL dream and return home to Western Australia.
He then suffered a second cruel blow when a close cousin died.
Suddenly the footy club, Lexus Centre and Melbourne was a million miles from where he wanted to be.
"I had a lot of down time when I wasn't playing. I hated it," Dick recalled this week.
"It was worse because it was in Perth. I had a couple of mates come down there watching me. It happened in the second quarter, so I really didn't get into the game."