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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AFL player salary cap to rise, but no 100 per cent minimum

Jake Niall The AFL salary cap for players will have a larger increase next year, and in 2016, but clubs will not have to pay 100 per cent of their player payments, under the AFL's new deal and equalisation...

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Lions seek cash for salary cap

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Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have asked the AFL for financial help to enable the club to pay 100 per cent of the salary cap from next year.

Mitch Clark chooses Cats, and less spotlight

Mitch Clark.

Jake Niall Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has told the Demons he wants a trade to Geelong rather than Collingwood.

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Collingwood's Beams in bid to go home

Dayne Beams

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood wants to keep star midfielder Dayne Beams, who has asked to be traded back to Queensland to be with his ill father.

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Port Adelaide firming in Paddy Ryder race, with Gavin Wanganeen's help

Paddy Ryder.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide has used former Essendon and Port champion Gavin Wanganeen as part of its strong pitch to Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder.

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Paddy Ryder to meet Giants

Paddy Ryder is to meet with GWS.

Jake Niall Essendon's in-demand ruckman Paddy Ryder is set to meet Greater Western Sydney officials over the weekend, as the player weighs up his preferred club.

The Sydney dynasty beckons

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Jake Niall Predicting an AFL dynasty, or a period of relative success in that competition, has a similar success rate to flipping in blackjack or changing Labor leaders.

Lions ask AFL for $3m - for footy and debt

Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have requested $3 million from the AFL to enable them to fund their football operations and shore up their troubled finances.

How Hawthorn left Collingwood in the dust

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Jake Niall Why Hawthorn has opened a gap on its rival

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Magpies not in hunt for James Frawley

Top defender: James Frawley.

Jake Niall Collingwood, widely speculated to be among the leading contenders for Melbourne's James Frawley, is not in the hunt for the free agent defender.

Matthew Boyd to play on for Western Bulldogs

Matthew Boyd has enjoyed a strong 2014 and provided stability to a developing midfield that balances experience with talented youth.

Jake Niall Decored Western Bulldogs veteran and former captain Matthew Boyd is set to play on in 2015, having been offered a new contract by the club.

The AFL playing field is finding a new level, already reflecting in the ladder

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Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.

If you want the job of Carlton CEO - apply here

Carlton's next CEO?

Jake Niall The Carlton Football Club invites applications for the position of chief executive officer of the game's most successful club.

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Hangover of Tommy Hafey's removal from Tigerland still lingers

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Jake Niall Late in Mark Thompson's first year as senior coach at Geelong, his chairman of selectors - former Richmond premiership player, coach and president Barry Richardson - had a discussion with...

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Winners and losers in AFL equalisation plan

Jake Niall The poor win. The middle grumble about taxes. The rich remain so. The players get a fairer shake.

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Rob Kerr to head Essendon's football department

Rob Kerr

Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson Essendon has appointed Rob Kerr to a senior football role as part of a new structure at the Bombers.

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AFL players push radical free agency plan

Gary Ablett could become a free agent at the end of his next contract.

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.

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West to head north as Lions restore some pride

Trent West.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.

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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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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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