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 If not for the spotlight on the Dons and the supplements woes, more clubs would be under the gun.
Jake Niall Franklin's attitude to his contract is an interesting contrast to Riewoldt's.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.
Jake Niall The Hawks could buy two quality midfielders for what the esteemed Buddy Franklin costs them.
Jake Niall The locals in Geelong weren't expecting a Close Encounter of any kind.
Jake Niall Gary Ablett downplays the significance of his homecoming, expressing disappointment that the Suns faded.
Jake Niall Hawthorn confirms AFL boss told club league would not lure Lance Franklin to GWS.
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 Carlton's new coach has laid down the gauntlet to Bryce Gibbs.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's decision on his future will take up a lot of Hawthorn's time and energy.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall On Brownlow eve, consider Jobe Watson's career and why he would be a deserving winner.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.
Jake Niall Geelong joins Essendon and other Victorian clubs in race for Gold Coast youngster.
Jake Niall The bottom teams have been handed a significant advantage over the top sides under the free agency system, with the AFL confirming that clubs cannot ''bank'' the draft pick they earn when they lose a...
Jake Niall No footballer has ever won the Brownlow Medal in a team that hasn't won a single game.
Jake Niall Young Richmond star Trent Cotchin is the best of the modern breed.
Jake Niall Chris Judd drives Carlton but Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison are also vital for finals glory.
Jake Niall Clubs that lose a superstar to free agency would get a maximum of one first-round draft pick in compensation.