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 Two great finals have helped rescue Andrew Demetriou's annus horribilis.
Jake Niall Carlton will part company with defender Nick Duigan in a sudden decision that will leave the club one short on its senior list for 2014.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.
Jake Niall If not for the spotlight on the Dons and the supplements woes, more clubs would be under the gun.
Jake Niall Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.
Jake Niall Carlton expected to name midfield gun Marc Murphy as captain for 2013.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse and his Blues need to be more ruthless if they are to mix it with the game's heavy hitters.
Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.
Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.
Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.
Jake Niall Favourite son or long-apprenticed assistant coach, who would you want your club to select?
Jake Niall Carlton's Heath Scotland talks for the first time about an incident in which he hit a man at a Mulwala pub and had to accept the consequences
Jake Niall Chris Judd can see his storied past - and his role in what he calls football's 'soap opera' - more clearly than his post-football future.
Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.
Jake Niall Carlton coach Brett Ratten said he believes Marc Murphy has enhanced his future captaincy prospects by his performances in the absence of suspended skipper Chris Judd.
Jake Niall He's an enigma in the AFL - too small, too slow they said. So why is Hawk Sam Mitchell so good?
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 Carlton never treated Brett Ratten as a long-term coach. Ratten was on probation for his entire five years and six games as senior coach.