Jake Niall

Jake Niall

Jake Niall is a senior sports writer at 'The Age' specialising mainly in coverage of the AFL. He writes a weekly column for 'The Sunday Age' and has been on staff with 'The Age' or 'Sunday Age' since 1995. Jake, who combines original news with commentary, match-based writing, features and analysis, has won a number of awards, including the Alf Brown award for the best performer in AFL media in 2012, the Melbourne Press Club's 2007 Quill award for best sports story in any medium and a Walkley award, shared with colleagues Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson and John Silvester, for best coverage of a major issue (Essendon scandal) in 2013.

Chasing Dangerfield - costs and complications

Jake Niall In 2012, the October surprise was Kurt Tippett joining Sydney. In 2013, Buddy Franklin's nine year deal with the Swans floored everyone, bar those who hatched the clandestine raid.

Pre-season break for Stewart Crameri looms

Former Bomber Stewart Crameri.

Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs are seriously considering removing Stewart Crameri from the NAB Challenge to avoid losing the opportunity of an undisputed backdated penalty.

Top draftees shedding, not gaining, kilos

Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw.

Jake Niall While first year players typically need to add bulk to skinny frames, Melbourne's prized early draft picks, Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw have both shed kilograms in preparation for their...

The Super Bowl culture that the AFL should avoid

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Jake Niall Back in December, as AFL clubs were about to go on their Christmas break, an AFL coach explained the logic behind an audacious Port Adelaide tactic that had helped Port to power home late in the...

Why AFL clubs have stopped paying a million

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Jake Niall From what one has gathered, Gary Ablett and Tom Scully, the first signings of the AFL's expansion clubs, were the only AFL footballers who were paid more than a million dollars in 2014.

Suspended past and present Essendon players may need AFL approval to play NAB Cup

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Jake Niall Provisionally suspended current and ex-Essendon players appear likely to require AFL Commission permission if they wish to play in the NAB Cup, with the ASADA hearing set to drag on into mid-February...

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Tex best leader, Danger was candidate: Walsh

Jake Niall The bold decision to appoint Taylor Walker as captain of Adelaide was made by coach Phil Walsh.

Why Hawthorn is on track for three-peat

Jake Niall Only one club has completed what has become known, in borrowed American lexicon, as "the three-peat" since the 1950s. Even Hawthorn's fabled 1980s teams couldn't manage a treble of flags.

Saints look to ex-Blues recruiting boss

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Jake Niall St Kilda has hired former Carlton recruiting boss Wayne Hughes in a new role overseeing the club's recruiting of seasoned players.

Gary Ablett remains a 'top-three' earner

Gary Ablett

Jake Niall Gary Ablett has been offered a new contract by Gold Coast that will ensure he stays one of the game’s very highest-paid players from 2016.

Hawks fighting fit, hardly any grounded

Bradley Hill cools off at Hawks training.

Jake Niall Despite a run of three consecutive grand finals and late September finishes, Hawthorn nears the Christmas break with virtually all of its senior list in training and an excellent bill of health.

AFL to allow Saad to train while suspended

Ahmed Saad was drafted back by the Saints in the rookie draft.

Jake Niall The AFL commission is set to confirm that St Kilda's Ahmed Saad will be allowed to resume training with club from January.

Stephen Silvagni returns to Carlton as list manager

Stephen Silvagni

Jake Niall Carlton announce the prodigal return of former champion Stephen Silvagni in a position heading up list management.

Hawks call for footy cap discount on officials

Alastair Clarkson has just completed 10 years with Hawthorn and coached the club to three premierships.

Jake Niall Hawthorn's hierarchy have suggested that clubs be allowed a veteran's allowance for long-serving officials such as Alastair Clarkson, which would mean that coach or official would have part of his...

Pie Scharenberg already up and running

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Jake Niall Collingwood's star-crossed boom youngster from last year, Matthew Scharenberg, is already back running and is "on track" in his recovery from his late-season knee injury.

Carlton and the culture club

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Jake Niall A few weeks ago, a pair of brothers who run a Clifton Hill cafe received second-hand word that "Jeremy Cameron is coming to Carlton when he comes out of contract at the Giants."

AFL looking at trading of future draft picks

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Jake Niall The AFL will seriously consider allowing clubs to trade future draft picks - adopting a model from American sports - with a number of clubs and influential figures in favour of the right to trade...

How the Demons blundered on young co-captains

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Jake Niall When Melbourne considered its captaincy options prior to the 2012 season, the club had so little confidence in the leadership capacity of its senior players that it made a radical decision that...

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Carlton says list management needs upgrade

Carlton captain Marc Murphy leads his team off the field.

Jake Niall Carlton has acknowledged its list management has not been up to scratch.

After the diaspora, Royboys rule the AFL

West Coast 2006 premiership.

Jake Niall West Coast of 2005-2007 had everything: more money than a club could ever spend, a waiting list for sponsors and members, facilities and untold fans, who, for a long time, refused to believe their...