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.
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.
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...
Jake Niall The bold decision to appoint Taylor Walker as captain of Adelaide was made by coach Phil Walsh.
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.
Jake Niall St Kilda has hired former Carlton recruiting boss Wayne Hughes in a new role overseeing the club's recruiting of seasoned players.
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.
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.
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.
Jake Niall Carlton announce the prodigal return of former champion Stephen Silvagni in a position heading up list management.
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...
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.
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."
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...
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...
Jake Niall Carlton has acknowledged its list management has not been up to scratch.
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...
Jake Niall Infraction notices have landed for the 34 current and and former Essendon players who will face AFL tribunal charges of the use of banned peptide thymosin beta-4.
Jake Niall Current and former Essendon players have been placed on the register of findings by an anti-doping panel, with the AFL expected to take the next step and issue infraction notices against those 34...
Jake Niall The AFL has decided that ASADA will prosecute any doping cases against Essendon players at the AFL tribunal, instead of having AFL-appointed prosecutors.
Jake Niall St Kilda spurned a Greater Western Sydney offer in which the Saints would have received picks 4 and 7 in the national draft in exchange for pick no 1.