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.

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Demons zero in on Crow Vince

Bernie Vince

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Bernie Vince on the cusp of signing a lucrative long-term deal to join Melbourne.

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Xavier Ellis to sign with West Coast

Xavier Ellis

Jake Niall Hawthorn's 2008 premiership player will join West Coast as a free-agent signing.

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Breaking up is so hard to do

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Jake Niall Even sophisticated fans can be excused for conflicted views on the exits of Buddy and Daisy.

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Bombers are aiming high: experienced targets point to premiership ambitions

Jake Niall Despite the disaster of 2013 and the AFL penalties, Essendon haven't forsaken premiership contention.

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Revealed: Buddy Franklin to profit heavily in later years of mega-deal

Lance Franklin at the SCG on Wednesday.

Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Superstar forward's payments due to peak in the seventh and eighth seasons.

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Blues will take a look at Podsiadly

Short-term target? Former Cat James Podsiadly.

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Club first looks to sort out major priorities such as signing of free agent Dale Thomas.

McVeigh backed Buddy deal

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Club says Swans captain approved the blockbuster signing in July.

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Franklin officially a Swan: McVeigh backed Buddy deal

Lance Franklin

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Club says Swans captain approved the blockbuster signing in July.

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Leigh Tudor presents to Bombers board

essendon logo

Jake Niall Sydney assistant coach remains in running after making presentation to club's board.

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Swans assistant pitches for Essendon coaching role during Hird’s ban

Leigh Tudor

Jake Niall Sydney Swans assistant coach Leigh Tudor remains in the running to coach Essendon next season after making a presentation to the club board on Monday.

Why Nick Riewoldt must remain a Saint

Nick Riewoldt

Jake Niall Nick Riewoldt is the foundation upon which St Kilda must rebuild.

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Fans faithful, but players paid to believe

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Jake Niall Over the coming months, thousands of kids will be peeling the No.23 off their Hawthorn guernseys, due to the loss of their best Buddy.

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Dale Thomas to sign four-year deal with Carlton

Dale Thomas.

Jake Niall Collingwood's iconic star Dale Thomas will announce his wish to join Carlton as a free agent, with the Blues set to secure him on a four-year deal worth close to $700,000 a season.

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Sydney's Franklin coup a terrible look for the AFL

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Jake Niall Sydney did not swoop on Buddy at the last minute. The Swans don't operate that way.

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Tigers show interest in Carlton ruckman

Shaun Hampson.

Jake Niall Richmond can see Shaun Hampson fitting a specific need for a forward who can also play in the ruck.

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Hawks' flag built on grand designs

Luke Hodge , John Kennedy and Alastair Clarkson

Jake Niall When Lance Franklin finally tells Hawthorn his plans for next year, the shock will only come if he informs the club that he's staying.

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Winning comes down to golden goals

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Some crucial misses left Fremantle feeling every bit like Hawthorn did 12 months ago.

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Coaching legacies on line

Grand Final Presser. Fremantle's coach Ross Lyon with Hawthorn's coach Alastair Clarkson . 27th September 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jake Niall The AFL grand finalists may have the league's premier coaches. But for all their good work they have only one premiership between them.

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Hawks rebuffed bid by Eagles on coach

Alastair Clarkson.

Jake Niall West Coast formally inquired with Hawthorn about the position of coach Alastair Clarkson three weeks ago and were told that Clarkson was contracted and unavailable.

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Hawks set to meet Lion Longer

Billy Longer.

Jake Niall Hawthorn will meet with potential recruit Brisbane Lions ruckman Billy Longer, for the first time after the grand final.