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 skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.
Jake Niall Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.
Jake Niall No sooner had James Frawley's management confirmed that he had put contract talks with the Demons on hold to ascertain ''the direction of the club,'' rival clubs and others within the AFL realm began...
Jake Niall Scott Gumbleton has told Essendon that he wishes to be traded to Fremantle, which is well placed to gain the key forward.
Jake Niall There were many times when the Richmond crowd were thinking 'it's happening again'.
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 Mick Malthouse singled out his 'lazy players' inability to use the interchange bench as a key failing in the Blues' five point loss.
Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.
Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.
Jake Niall Carlton-Essendon games have a knack for the unexpected, for comebacks, upsets and stunning individual performances. This one, which had seemed headed for an unexceptional outcome, was no exception.
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'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 Ron Barassi was mocked when he unveiled a five-year plan for Melbourne in the early '80s.
Jake Niall Melbourne's All-Australian ruckman is among those GWS is eyeing off for next year.
Jake Niall Carlton set to turn its attention to a bigger picture issue - the mix of home games at the MCG and Etihad Stadium.
Jake Niall Carlton will rest skipper Chris Judd for Sunday's game against Greater Western Sydney.
Jake Niall Richmond is tracking Carlton on the path to success, but it will take a lot of patience and hard work.
Jake Niall Does the No. 1 draft pick ensure success, or is it the father-son selections that are getting the job done?
Jake Niall Contract renewals and free agency rules grow in complexity as players age.