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 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 Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.
Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall Football remaining in the headlines beyond grand final day is proving detrimental to summer sport.
Jake Niall After the 2001 grand final defeat, the Essendon fairytale turned into a 10-year spell of mediocrity.
Jake Niall Not even the most sobering talk by Damien Hardwick will be able to contain the fervour at Punt Road now.
Jake Niall For Richmond, it was a day of reminders. The Tigers were reminded that, for all their progress, they sit at five wins, six losses and well outside the eight.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's impact on the game continues to grow, but who is he and what shaped the AFL superstar?
Jake Niall Contract renewals and free agency rules grow in complexity as players age.
Jake Niall On eve of 2012 season, AFL yet to finalise key element of free agency.
Jake Niall Two new arrivals at Richmond might make all the difference to the Tigers' game plan.
Jake Niall Ron Barassi was mocked when he unveiled a five-year plan for Melbourne in the early '80s.
Jake Niall Richmond is tracking Carlton on the path to success, but it will take a lot of patience and hard work.
Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.
Jake Niall Does the No. 1 draft pick ensure success, or is it the father-son selections that are getting the job done?