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.

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Pie Marley set to return

On the burst: Collingwood's Marley Williams in action last season.

Jake Niall Collingwood plans to bring back Marley Williams for Sunday's game against Gold Coast.

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Damaged goods: old coaches on the scrap heap

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Jake Niall Once sidelined, spurned AFL coaches often struggle to get another guernsey.

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Eddie McGuire lashes players' union over football spending cap

Eddie McGuire.

Jake Niall Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has lashed the AFL Players' Association for proposing a single cap on football spending, saying that the parlous state of club finances and ridding clubs of debt...

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Ireland open to single cap

Andrew Ireland says he has not reached the stage of saying the

Jake Niall Sydney chief executive says concept of a single cap on football spending is worth considering.

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Players in call for single cap

AFL Players' Association chief Matt Finnis.

Jake Niall There would be only a ''single'' cap on football department spending, but no limit on the share that could be spent on player payments under a radical proposal made by the AFL players.

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A bridge too far?

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Jake Niall The success of Franklin in Sydney will be measured in more than just wins and losses.

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Blues axe veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes

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Jake Niall Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.

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Richmond a good fit for Frawley

Jake Niall No sooner had James Frawley's management confirmed that he had put contract talks with the Demons on hold to ascertain ''the direction of the club,'' rival clubs and others within the AFL realm began...

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Ruthless Hawks tame lame Lions

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  Dayle Garlett of the Hawks runs with the ball during the round one AFL NAB Cup match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on February 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jake Niall Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.

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Football budget cap 'inevitable'

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett.

Jake Niall Most of the AFL's powerful clubs view the introduction of a cap on football department spending as a fait accompli.

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Dale Thomas has first hit-out with Blues

Dale Thomas.

Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.

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Magpies offer Ben Reid a four-year deal

Wanted man: Collingwood star Ben Reid.

Jake Niall Collingwood moves to secure Ben Reid from the free agency marketplace.

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AFL 2014: A higher level

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Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

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Defender James Frawley puts contract talks with Melbourne Demons on hold

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Melbourne key defender James Frawley, one of the league's most attractive free agents, has put contract talks on hold until he sees 'the direction of the club' in 2014.

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Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

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Jake Niall Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.

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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

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Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

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Pull your heads in, coaches tell players

Jake Niall The AFL says it has received strong backing from coaches for the introduction of the rule that discourages players from leading with their head to draw free kicks.

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The most divisive year since 1996

Jake Niall The year of 2013 is the worst season that the AFL has endured in terms of image.

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Hawthorn and St Kilda: different sides of the equalisation debate

Rich club, poor club.

Jake Niall A few key decisions explain Hawthorn's emergence as one of the AFL's most powerful clubs while St Kilda, despite getting a lot right, is rubbing shoulders with the stragglers.

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Magpies eye outside growth to boost membership numbers

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Jake Niall Collingwood crosses 60,000-member mark for 2014 season two weeks before Christmas.