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 Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.
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 Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley adamant his under-performing team will spark.
Jake Niall After Richmond put them to the sword, questions were asked about the mettle of the Hawks.
Jake Niall As if the outlook for Hawthorn wasn't rosy enough, the Hawks' vice-captain has returned.
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.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall How many of the players who've just changed clubs represent big deals?
Jake Niall Now the shoe's on the other foot and the Hawks are grand final losers, expect a robust response.
Jake Niall Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall EXCLUSIVE Collingwood forward says that ''Buddy'' should only do ''what's best for him''.