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 Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.
Jake Niall AFL is working with AFLPA to set up a system for monitoring the long-term health of Essendon players to ensure there are no issues arising from the club's supplements program.
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.
Jake Niall How many of the players who've just changed clubs represent big deals?
Jake Niall The AFL has worked hard to try to even up the competition, but may have to tinker some more.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.
Jake Niall Essendon's bid for Brendon Goddard has left the future of several Bombers uncertain.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.
Jake Niall Essendon well-positioned to snare the All-Australian if he opts to leave the Saints.
Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.