Jake Niall is a senior sports writer at The Age, specialising in AFL football. Jake joined The Age in 1998, having previously worked as a sports writer on The Sunday Age. He writes a blend of news, feature articles and a weekly column during the football season. Before joining The Sunday Age, Jake was a freelance reporter in the US and a regular contributor to The Sunday Age and The Age from Los Angeles, covering diverse areas like politics, earthquakes, celebrity trials and American sport. Jake ghost wrote the autobiography (‘Collingwood and Me’, 1991) of champion Collingwood footballer Peter Daicos. While he writes primarily about the AFL, he spends the month of January covering tennis, especially the Australian Open. In 2008, Jake won the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards' Best Sports Story in any medium for his profile piece on David Schwarz.
Jake Niall The Cats have backed the notion of giving more to the financially weaker clubs.
Jake Niall AFL and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority unlikely to send players' samples overseas for testing.
Sport in Crisis
Jake Niall Collingwood instigates audit of supplements taken by players in wake of Essendon's investigation.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin has left Nike, his long-time sponsor, to sign with Hawthorn's new partner Adidas.
Jake Niall The AFL is looking at changing the rules governing the use of intravenous drips.
Jake Niall For all the fears about what substances might have been injected at Essendon and elsewhere, for all the unprecedented damage that has been inflicted on the AFL's brand, one fact hasn't shifted a...
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson AFL clubs were told about increasing prevalence of peptides and human growth hormone-like substances by federal police prior to Essendon controversy that led club to be investigated.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Essendon has suspended the man who oversaw its fitness program and who will be at the heart of an unprecedented investigation by the Australian drug authority into the AFL club's admission that its...
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson The AFL was informed last year that an Essendon official had made inquiries about peptides - the substances at the centre of the club's scandal - at a sports medicine conference 12 months ago,...
Jake Niall Hawthorn is 'not shocked' that Lance Franklin has put contract talks on hold until season's end.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's decision on his future will take up a lot of Hawthorn's time and energy.
Jake Niall Frustrated by not knowing whether their players have positive drug strikes under the existing system, a number of AFL clubs have resorted to covert intelligence gathering on their players' drug use,...
Jake Niall Booze problem among players needs to be addressd before drug problem.
Jake Niall The clubs can huff and puff, but they cannot blow this policy down without the players' consent.
Jake Niall Analysis THE clubs are still out of the loop on drugs. They have put their case for being informed when a player has a problem, but the upshot is that the players and the AFL have not bowed to their wishes.
Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall Football remaining in the headlines beyond grand final day is proving detrimental to summer sport.
Jake Niall Prominent indigenous footballer Dean Rioli has challenged the AFL to venture out of ''corporate'' Melbourne and consult more with indigenous football people at the grassroots.
Jake Niall The AFL will tackle Aboriginal participation at a meeting on Friday.
Jake Niall St Kilda youngster suffers suspected torn anterior cruciate ligament at club's camp in Colorado.