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.

Blockbuster deal for Tom Boyd and Ryan Griffen done

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson A blockbuster deal in which Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen would be traded for Greater Western Sydney's Tom Boyd is looking increasingly likely.

Essendon and Port Adelaide in mediation over Patrick Ryder trade

The Paddy Ryder impasse continues to drag on.

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle Essendon and Port Adelaide have gone into formal mediation, as the impasse over Paddy Ryder continued for a ninth day.

Kristian Jaksch, Mark Whiley join Carlton in trade from GWS

Kristian Jaksch.

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall The sudden burst of trading action on Wednesday has continued with Carlton lodging its trade deal to secure the Giants' Kristian Jaksch.

Mega trade of Dayne Beams, Mitch Clark, Travis Varcoe, Heritier Lumumba and Levi Greenwood complete

Dayne Beams

Jake Niall Dayne Beams thanked Collingwood for giving him the opportunity to live his "dream" but insisted the shift to the Brisbane Lions was for the best, after confirmation finally came that he was part of a...

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Why the Giants can't give the Dogs their Boy(d)

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Jake Niall Ryan Griffen's request for a trade detonated a bomb at Whitten Oval, in which the coach was the major casualty.

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Giants and Bulldogs dig in on Tom Boyd-Ryan Griffen trade

The Giants are refusing to release Tom Boyd.

Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs and Greater Western Sydney continued their staring competition on Tuesday, with the Giants adamant Tom Boyd would not be traded despite his manager's claim that he would leave in...

Dayne Beams set to join Brisbane Lions, as Blues try to finalise Kristian Jaksch deal

Queensland-bound: Dayne Beams.

Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Carlton was confident of finalising a deal for Kristian Jaksch on Monday, with the trade hinging on a decision from his GWS midfielder Mark Whiley on whether to make the move with him.

Bulldogs president Gordon calls Shepherd for Giant call to make Boyd a Dog

In demand: Tom Boyd.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Peter Gordon calls Tony Shepherd for deal on Tom Boyd to become a Dog

Essendon, Port Adelaide to keep talking on Paddy Ryder

Fresh negotiations: Paddy Ryder.

Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Essendon and Port Adelaide must restart negotiations over Paddy Ryder, who could still make it to the Power without having to take his club to the AFL's grievance tribunal.

In and under the AFL's new chaos

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Jake Niall Why the AFL seems out of control this month

Payout less than half of what Brendan McCartney could have received

Jake Niall The Bulldogs have reached a financial arrangement with departed coach Brendan McCartney in which the club will pay less than half of what he would have received had he coached in 2015 and 2016.

Griffen still wants out of Bulldogs

Ryan Griffen's surprising decision to ask for a trade because of his broken relationship with his coach might have been the impetus for Brendan McCartney's resignation from the club.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Brendan McCartney’s sacking does not alter Ryan Griffen’s decision to want to quit the Dogs and be traded to Greater Western Sydney next year.

Ryan Griffen still committed to leaving Bulldogs

Ryan Griffen

Jake Niall Ryan Griffen will press ahead with his wish to be traded to Greater Western Sydney, despite the removal of the coach with whom he had issues.

Bulldogs announce Brendan McCartney's departure

Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney.

Jake Niall Brendan McCartney has quit as coach of AFL club Western Bulldogs.

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The story behind the Griffen walkout

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Jake Niall Ryan Griffen's walkout is the most significant event of the 2014 post-season. There is a new landscape in which contracts have become virtually irrelevant and some coaches struggle to retain control.

AFL trade news: Radical plan discussed to get Paddy Ryder to Port Adelaide

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide and Essendon have investigated and discussed a radical plan - similar to the Nick Dal Santo deal of last year - to get Paddy Ryder to the Power and provide better compensation for the...

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Blues, Dogs consider Adam Cooney trade

Carlton-bound? Adam Cooney is a chance to turn out for the Blues

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs have had discussions about a potential trade involving Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney.

Essendon deep in talks with Mark Harvey

Essendon are talking to former club great Mark Harvey about an assistant coaching role.

Jake Niall Essendon is in discussions with club great and former Fremantle coach Mark Harvey about an assistant coaching role.

Port Adelaide looks at legal option over Ryder

Essendon ruckman Patrick Ryder

Jake Niall, Emma Quayle As talks between Essendon and Port Adelaide over Patrick Ryder have stalled, Port has taken advice Ryder can activate a contractual rule that would see his Essendon contract voided.

Is Bomber the Dons' only option?

Mark Thompson speaks

Jake Niall Mark Thompson's address at the Essendon best and fairest was extraordinary. In terms of theatre, it ranks alongside Paul Keating's notorious "Placido Domingo" speech to the Canberra press gallery in...

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