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.


AFL players push radical free agency plan

Jake Niall AFL players are pushing hard for a new free agency that would be make it much easier for players to move to a third club.

Coaches cost AFL clubs $5m-$6m in payouts

Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten.

Jake Niall AFL clubs spent between $5 million and $6 million on payouts to sacked coaches over the past four seasons.


AFL 2014: A higher level

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Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.


AFL draftees at top of private school class

Back row (from left: Matt Scharenberg, Christian Salem (Brighton Grammar), Kade Kolodjashnij, Nathan Freeman (Haileybury), James Aish
(Concordia College). Front row: Jack Billings (Scotch College), Tom Boyd (Luther College), Josh Kelly (Brighton Grammar), Marcus Bontempelli (Marcellin).

Jake Niall Private school education could be the best way of winning a spot on an AFL list.


AFL lawyer slams James Hird's advocate

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jake Niall and Will Brodie The AFL’s senior lawyer in the Essendon case has accused James Hird’s high-profile advocate of undermining the ‘‘sincere apology’’ the coach made to the AFL Commission on Tuesday night.


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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AFL contacts Dank to get him talking


Jake Niall Sports scientist asks AFL to put the request in writing and to provide details.


AFL to play no part in Giants' bid for Franklin

Lance Franklin.

Jake Niall Hawthorn confirms AFL boss told club league would not lure Lance Franklin to GWS.


AFL to pay for Dees' changes

Don McLardy.

Jake Niall The AFL has confirmed it will fund Melbourne's major overhaul in the wake of the resignation of club president Don McLardy.


AFL to pay for Dees' changes

Jake Niall Company confirms it will fund club's major overhaul in the wake of club president Don McLardy's resignation.


What's a player worth? Just give the AFL a call


Jake Niall Clubs that lose a player to free agency will be able to get an 'indication' of their draft compensation before they decide to match the offer.


Reimers rejects Carlton, and the AFL

Kyle Reimers.

Jake Niall Former Essendon forward Kyle Reimers, still just 23, has turned his back on the opportunity to play for Carlton and a continued career in the AFL.


Aboriginal issues: AFL takes a look

Dayle Garlett: Overlooked in the draft.

Jake Niall The AFL will tackle Aboriginal participation at a meeting on Friday.


AFL challenged: Dig deeper to solve problems

Dean Rioli

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.

Can AFL clubs handle the truth?


Jake Niall The clubs can huff and puff, but they cannot blow this policy down without the players' consent.


AFL was told of peptides inquiry

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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,...

AFL may change rules on drips


Jake Niall The AFL is looking at changing the rules governing the use of intravenous drips.

Heat put on AFL to lift interchange

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Nathan Buckley asks AFL to allow teams extra interchanges on extremely hot days.

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AFL's testosterone fears

Generic drugs in sport

Jake Niall Fears have been raised among players that the practice of micro-doping - common in sports such as cycling and athletics - might have been practised by rogue individuals in the AFL.


AFL moves on concussion: will fund research

Two worlds colliding: Geelong’s Taylor Hunt and St Kilda’s Lenny Hayes.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle AFL, medical institute to attempt ground-breaking research on impact of concussion.