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 Patrick Dangerfield wants help for marking forwards for the game's sake.
Jake Niall Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has indicated the once "grand canyon-sized" rift between him and his premiership coach Mick Malthouse has been repaired somewhat.
Jake Niall Carlton has hired a leadership specialist from Hawthorn to run the club's leadership program under new coach Brendon Bolton.
Jake Niall If Richmond intends to renew Damien Hardwick's contract soon, as the club president suggests is likely, then they should hand the coach only a one-year extension.
Jake Niall One of the candidates in the fierce Richmond election says he is not "challenging" the club board and wants "evolution rather than revolution" at Tigerland.
Jake Niall By the time Geelong had nominated Matthew Hayball, the last player selected in the 2015 national draft, the seats at the Adelaide Convention Centre were virtually empty.
Jake Niall An AFL investigation has cleared ex-Bulldog Michael Talia of any rule breaches for allegedly leaking game-sensitive information before a final but has issued a formal warning to Adelaide's Kyle...
Jake Niall A random selection of Essendon players who gave evidence at the Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal were called to the hearing by the CAS panel, not the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Jake Niall At least half a dozen Essendon players have given evidence in person at the Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing in Sydney into the Bombers drug scandal.
Jake Niall Everything you need to know about the Essendon appeal hearing.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Channel Seven was offered video footage purporting to show Jake Carlisle in a room with illicit drugs in Las Vegas nine days before Channel Nine broadcast damning footage that prompted the St Kilda...
Jake Niall The game's biggest deal of 2015, the Paddy Dangerfield trade, was influenced by Harvard University business school lessons.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Essendon believe they can challenge for the top four again within three years under new coach John Worsfold.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Essendon have confirmed that former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner is slated to take over as club chairman from Paul Little, as the club completes a complete make-over.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Essendon believes that the current and former players facing the WADA appeal are unlikely to be suspended even if found guilty of anti-doping offences.
Jake Niall Holding "grave concerns" about their client, the legal team representing an Essendon 2012 player will ask the Supreme Court to order the AFL and the club to hand over documents about the...
Jake Niall In the coming days, the Tigers are expected to announce they have signed delisted free agent Andrew Moore on a modest one-year contract.
Jake Niall Key points for AFL players to bear in mind during their off-season travels.
Jake Niall Patrick Dangerfield was the biggest and best player to move clubs this post-season. The next most prized player was Adam Treloar, whose flight to Collingwood involved significant turbulence...
Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall Carlton and Gold Coast are involved in 11th-hour talks over a possible move of Andrejs Everitt to the Suns.