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.

Bold Dogs put money down with reckless Tom Boyd gamble

Jake Niall The mega contract for Tom Boyd is really the bastard son of the Buddy Franklin deal from 12 months earlier.

We're lucky Stevie J didn't become a Giant

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Jake Niall "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" - Hunter S. Thompson

Paddy Ryder, Adam Cooney deal done by Essendon, Port Adelaide and Bulldogs

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall A deal involving Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney has delivered Paddy Ryder to Port Adelaide.

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AFL trade news: Paddy Ryder standoff to continue into final day

Fresh negotiations: Paddy Ryder.

Emma Quayle, Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson The Patrick Ryder impasse remained unresolved on Wednesday night, after a mediation session failed to result in a deal between Essendon and Port Adelaide.

Tom Boyd backflip: Dogs to tip in nearly $1m towards Ryan Griffen's Giant deal

Tom Boyd.

Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle In the most dramatic day of action in the history of the draft and trading system Tom Boyd has become a Bulldog on unprecedented terms in exchange for the Dogs captain Ryan Griffen.

Blockbuster deal for Tom Boyd and Ryan Griffen done

The Giants are refusing to release Tom Boyd.

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.

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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.