The last bit is no surprise. Turner from the Falcons used to say the same about our recruiting team. Our team operated in a confidential manner which given the number of loose lips in footy clubs is a good approach.The Big Richo said:Fair bit of gilding the lily goes on.
Dustin wasn't even in the TAC system until Jamie Elliott, who was coaching Castlemaine at the time, rang the Bendigo Pioneers and had a crack at them for not having him on their list. He then played the last four games of 07 and all of 08. I'd say it is highly likely Frank Jackson had never heard of him until 2008.
As an aside, no one from Richmond ever had a single conversation with anyone from the Pioneers about Dustin.