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 Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.
Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.
Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.
Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.
Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.
Jake Niall Carlton is set to field one of its strongest teams of the season for Friday night's massive game against a similarly fit Essendon.
Jake Niall Carlton and North Melbourne have taken turns at burial and resurrection.
Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.
Jake Niall As the season has progressed, the Hawks have moved ahead of the Magpies. Here's why.
Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.
Jake Niall Does Richmond really need to play Carlton in the season's first mega-match?
Jake Niall Nathan Buckley looks to have inherited a tough job, he'll need all his renowned self-belief.
Jake Niall You reckon Carlton has a home ground advantage against Adelaide today? Think again.
Jake Niall Blues champion Chris Judd will benefit from next week's bye, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall Sacking the coach rarely gives clubs the immediate reward they are looking for. Take note, Blues.