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 Why the AFL seems out of control this month
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.
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.
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.
Jake Niall Brendan McCartney has quit as coach of AFL club Western Bulldogs.
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.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide and Essendon have investigated and discussed a radical plan - similar to the Nick Dal Santo deal of last year - to get Paddy Ryder to the Power and provide better compensation for the...
Jake Niall, Emma Quayle, Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs have had discussions about a potential trade involving Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney.
Jake Niall Essendon is in discussions with club great and former Fremantle coach Mark Harvey about an assistant coaching role.
Jake Niall, Emma Quayle As talks between Essendon and Port Adelaide over Patrick Ryder have stalled, Port has taken advice Ryder can activate a contractual rule that would see his Essendon contract voided.
Jake Niall Mark Thompson's address at the Essendon best and fairest was extraordinary. In terms of theatre, it ranks alongside Paul Keating's notorious "Placido Domingo" speech to the Canberra press gallery in...
Jake Niall Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs have made strong plays for out-of-contract North Melbourne midfielder Levi Greenwood.
Jake Niall and Samantha Lane The legal team acting for the past and present Essendon players facing show-cause notices is concerned that James Hird’s appeal may delay the ASADA process further.
Jake Niall The Gold Suns intend to speak with Mark Thompson as part of their search for a coach to replace Guy McKenna.
Jake Niall The AFLPA has called for a resolution to the ASADA-Essendon saga and the appeal by James Hird should 'disrupt' the process.
Jake Niall Members of Essendon's leadership group tried to persuade James Hird not to go through with his plan to appeal the verdict, after the club briefed the leadership group on the crisis on Wednesday.
Jake Niall Essendon will spurn the opportunity to appeal the verdict in the Federal Court case that found in favour of ASADA and allowed it to proceed with show cause notices for 34 current and former players.
Jake Niall Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has told the Demons he wants a trade to Geelong rather than Collingwood.
Jake Niall The Hawks have matched Geelong, their great adversary, by winning a third premiership since 2007.
Jake Niall It should not surprise anyone to belatedly discover that the Hawthorn Football Club entered this grand final with a degree of confidence that was not shared by misguided bookmakers, punters or...