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 When player payments are discounted, 17th placed Melbourne is spending a similar amount on its football department this season as the premiership favourite and top team Hawthorn.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Out-of-contract Melbourne utility Jack Watts is expected to stick with the Demons.
Jake Niall Since Leigh Brown retired, Collingwood has struggled with second ruck/forward role.
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 Mick Malthouse and his Blues need to be more ruthless if they are to mix it with the game's heavy hitters.
Jake Niall Forward pressure and goals - Collingwood needs more of both if it is to go all the way in 2013.
Jake Niall Melbourne and the Bulldogs among the clubs to have expressed interest in the key forward.
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.
Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
Jake Niall Magpie Darren Jolly found it tough going in 2011, he's determined it will be different this year.
Jake Niall How Collingwood's new coach will differ from the old is one of the most compelling questions of the new AFL season.