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 Essendon close to re-signing skipper and club's favourite son on a long-term contract.
Jake Niall Majak Daw is out of contract and, as yet, there have been no significant talks between North Melbourne and his management.
Jake Niall Richmond has signalled confidence in the future of Dustin Martin at the club by instigating contract talks aimed at securing Martin, skipper Trent Cotchin and Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt in...
Jake Niall Old Dog Brian Lake is learning new tricks as a Hawk, but the evolution is not without its risks.
Jake Niall Sydney paid $1.75million-plus more to its players than three of the competition's most challenged clubs.
Jake Niall Hawthorn remains the only club to have made Lance Franklin a contract offer for 2014 and beyond.
Jake Niall There's a feeding frenzy under way in Sydney, but Essendon is a long way from Cronulla.
Jake Niall The Cats have backed the notion of giving more to the financially weaker clubs.
Jake Niall The AFL has been pragmatic with its sanctions on the Demons for tanking. As it usually is.
Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs have put forward their hopes for creating a more even competition.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's decision on his future will take up a lot of Hawthorn's time and energy.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin has left Nike, his long-time sponsor, to sign with Hawthorn's new partner Adidas.
Sport in Crisis
Jake Niall Collingwood instigates audit of supplements taken by players in wake of Essendon's investigation.
Jake Niall AFL tells Brisbane and GWS that they have no room in salary caps to accommodate forward.
Jake Niall Football remaining in the headlines beyond grand final day is proving detrimental to summer sport.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Crows appear certain to be ruled out of the first two rounds of the 2013 draft.
Jake Niall In comparison to what happened to the last club to be convicted of salary cap rorts, Adelaide has been treated leniently by the AFL.
Jake Niall With the Crows' draft penalties taking time to hurt, where are the more immediate punishments?
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.
Jake Niall Former Essendon forward Kyle Reimers has turned his back on the opportunity to play for Carlton and a continued career in the AFL.