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 In Nathan Buckley's first season, he was driving a car that had been assembled and successfully steered by Mick Malthouse.
Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.
Jake Niall Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall North Melbourne has shown an interest in Melbourne midfielder Jordan Gysberts as a potential solution to the impasse in getting key position player Cameron Pederson to the Demons.
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.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jake Niall Clinton Young faces a choice between remaining at Hawthorn or joining Collingwood.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Sydney forward Jesse White has flown to Adelaide for a medical screening and looms as a possible cog in the Kurt Tippett trade, which should unfold in the next few days.
Jake Niall It will become the selection question of preliminary final week should Chris Dawes lose his battle of wounded knee: Who replaces him and supports Darren Jolly?
Jake Niall In the event that Chris Dawes is unable play on Friday night, replacing him will be the Collingwood match committee's most vexing question.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.
Jake Niall Since Leigh Brown retired, Collingwood has struggled with second ruck/forward role.
Jake Niall As the season has progressed, the Hawks have moved ahead of the Magpies. Here's why.
Jake Niall On the ladder, Hawthorn and Collingwood were only one game apart. In reality, the distance was several goals.
Jake Niall Clubs that lose a player to free agency will be able to get an 'indication' of their draft compensation before they decide to match the offer.
Jared Lynch and Jake Niall West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff is expecting the Pies to be at their most formidable in Saturday night's semi-final.
Jake Niall Carlton and North Melbourne have taken turns at burial and resurrection.