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.

For Carlton and Geelong, it’s a clear case of trading places in 2015

Jake Niall The Cats and Blues have traded places – one acting like a power, the other taking a long-term view

AFL trades 2015: Richmond, Carlton in standoff over Chris Yarran

Charlie Dixon

Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Richmond's intervention in the deal that saw Charlie Dixon move from Gold Coast to Port Adelaide on Tuesday may not be enough to secure Carlton utility Chris Yarran.

AFL trades 2015: Adelaide swoop for Carlton's Troy Menzel

Troy Menzel celebrates a goal.

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Carlton are prepared to sacrifice classy forward Troy Menzel to Adelaide so they can bring in five new players and safeguard their early draft picks, as part of the aggressive rebuild of their...

AFL trade period 2015: Carlton pick unlocks Treloar and four-player Giants deal

Tom Bell of the Blues in action.

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall Carlton's trade of Tom Bell to Brisbane could unlock the deal that will finally see four Giants players move to the Blues and Adam Treloar transfer to Collingwood.

AFL trade period 2015: Sydney Swans step into Jake Carlisle trade talks

The Swans' first-round pick has become part of the Jake Carlisle negotiations.

Emma Quayle, Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson  Sydney's first-round pick has become the latest bargaining chip in negotiations between Essendon and St Kilda over Jake Carlisle.

AFL trade period 2015: Nathan Freeman to join St Kilda by Tuesday morning

Nathan Freeman has turned his back on the Pies.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle  Collingwood midfielder Nathan Freeman is set to join the Saints in a deal for St Kilda's second round pick next year.

AFL trade period 2015: Carlton trade Tom Bell to Brisbane

On the move: Tom Bell.

Jake Niall Carlton's Tom Bell has been traded to the Brisbane Lions for a pick swap in which the Blues will receive Brisbane's pick 21.

AFL trade period: Gold Coast's Charlie Dixon tied into Jake Carlisle trade talks

Charlie Dixon.

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall Port Adelaide's bid to secure Gold Coast forward Charlie Dixon has been raised as potential three way trade that could help break the deadlock between Essendon and St Kilda over Jake...

AFL trading 2015: Pick 26 the key to James Aish deal

Wants to move: James Aish

Emma Quayle, Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Collingwood's pick 26 is at the centre of the deal that will see Brisbane relinquish James Aish to the Magpies

How to put price on Carlisle, Treloar and the other trades

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall One can only guess what the late Milton Friedman would make of the vexed negotiations between St Kilda and Essendon over Jake Carlisle.

AFL trades: St Kilda offer No.5 pick for Jake Carlisle, but want two second-round picks back

Jake Carlisle.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle St Kilda have given ground and offered Essendon pick No.5 for Jake Carlisle for the first time, but wanted two second round selections in return as well as the key position player.

AFL trade period: North Melbourne land Hawthorn youngster Jed Anderson

Jed Anderson: Leaving the Hawks.

Jake Niall Hawthorn have completed what could either be the first leg of a trade for Essendon's Jake Carlisle or a stand alone deal, with young midfielder Jed Anderson joining North Melbourne in a trade...

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AFL trades 2015: St Kilda dither and Jake Carlisle could yet become a Hawk

Illustration: Stephen Kiprillis

Jake Niall Not for the first time, Hawthorn has shown the Saints how to do something. In this case, the lesson handed out is in the art of landing a player.

AFL trade period 2015: David Astbury and Ryan Bastinac to visit Brisbane Lions

David Astbury could become a Lion

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Richmond defender David Astbury and North Melbourne midfielder Ryan Bastinac have flown to Brisbane, where they will meet with Lions officials on Friday.

AFL trade period 2015: Hawthorn make stunning move for Jake Carlisle

Jake Carlisle has nominated St Kilda as his preferred club to be traded.

Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Hawthorn has made a stunning bid to secure Jake Carlisle from Essendon in a three-club deal involving North Melbourne and Jed Anderson.

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AFL trades 2015: Collingwood's Paul Seedsman nominates Adelaide as preferred club

Paul Seedsman.

Jake Niall Collingwood wingman Paul Seedsman has chosen Adelaide as his next home. 

AFL trades 2015: Lachie Henderson deal our new way of thinking: Carlton

Off to Geelong: Lachie Henderson.

Jake Niall Carlton have hailed the historic trading of a future draft pick for Lachie Henderson as a shift in the club's thinking, and have vowed to continue to make bold long-term decisions to rebuild the club.

AFL trades 2015: Collingwood wingman Paul Seedsman contemplates next move

Paul Seedsman is considered likely to be traded for a draft pick.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Collingwood wingman Paul Seedsman has gone on holidays to make a decision on his new football home, but is believed to have narrowed his choice to Adelaide or Gold Coast.

West Coast Eagles, Sydney Swans do Lewis Jetta deal

On the move: Lewis Jetta.

Jake Niall Sydney premiership player Lewis Jetta has been traded to the Eagles in a straight swap for West Coast's Callum Sinclair.

Harley Bennell joins Fremantle from Gold Coast

Done deal: Harley Bennell is a Docker.

Jake Niall Fremantle have acquired the troubled and talented Harley Bennell from Gold Coast for a pick swap in the first and second rounds of the draft.