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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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.

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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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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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Saints go from top to bottom on pay ladder

In the cheap seats: St Kilda are now the lowest paid club in the AFL.

Jake Niall St Kilda has lowered its player payments to the point that it is paying the minimum salary cap allowed, while the club is not expected to pursue expensive free agents such as Melbourne defender James...

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How much losing can Nathan Jones bear?

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Jake Niall The Melbourne Football Club is a good place to consider futile labor and the concept of pushing a boulder up a hill.

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Only 5 clubs profit without pokies

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Jake Niall Only five AFL clubs made a profit in 2013 without the assistance of poker machines.

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James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.

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Playing to win - the new football workplace

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Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.

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On the mat, but St Kilda puts its faith in Finnis

Matt Finnis

Jake Niall Is there a tougher ask in football than running the Saints? Among the football public, the perception is that St Kilda is broke again, with a dwindling core of senior players, and destined to lose...

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Marc Murphy to stay at Carlton for four more years

Marc Murphy

Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.

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Players in call for single cap

AFL Players' Association chief Matt Finnis.

Jake Niall There would be only a ''single'' cap on football department spending, but no limit on the share that could be spent on player payments under a radical proposal made by the AFL players.

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Football budget cap 'inevitable'

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett.

Jake Niall Most of the AFL's powerful clubs view the introduction of a cap on football department spending as a fait accompli.

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Richmond a good fit for Frawley

Jake Niall No sooner had James Frawley's management confirmed that he had put contract talks with the Demons on hold to ascertain ''the direction of the club,'' rival clubs and others within the AFL realm began...

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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

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Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

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Defender James Frawley puts contract talks with Melbourne Demons on hold

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Melbourne key defender James Frawley, one of the league's most attractive free agents, has put contract talks on hold until he sees 'the direction of the club' in 2014.

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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.

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Sydney's Buddy big problem

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Jake Niall It's 2020 and Lance Franklin's massive contract is causing the Swans a few headaches.

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Malthouse joins chase for Everitt

Sydney's Andrejs Everitt

Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.

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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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Lions need Fitzroyalty

Paul Roos.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.

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