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.
Jake Niall Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.
Jake Niall In a major display of faith, Collingwood has re-signed ruckman Jarrod Witts on a three year contract before he has been selected for a senior game.
Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.
Jake Niall, Wangaratta Collingwood will continue to treat forward Andrew Krakouer with caution, saying the priority remains for him to deal with his off-field issues.
Jake Niall Ben Reid is one of 11 premiership Pies out of contract but is confident the team will stick together.
Jake Niall Injury concerns are dogging the leading premiership contenders. Hawthorn has joined the club with Max Bailey's wrist problem.
Jake Niall How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.
Jake Niall Coach confident 2011 best and fairest will reject overtures from other clubs.
Jake Niall Collingwood's opening victory of 2012 has been soured by a calf injury to veteran Chris Tarrant, whom coach Nathan Buckley conceded had virtually no chance of playing in Friday night's clash with...
Jake Niall Plans by both Essendon and Collingwood to rest players scuppered by long injury lists.