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 Dal Santo and Goddard were expendable whereas Riewoldt and Hayes were ''fabric players''.
Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.
Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.
Jake Niall The Carlton coach's tactics against the Pies will reveal how he views some of his former players.
Jake Niall Carlton's Heath Scotland talks for the first time about an incident in which he hit a man at a Mulwala pub and had to accept the consequences
Jake Niall St Kilda is in discussions with All-Australian midfielder Leigh Montagna about a two-year contract extension in a bid to keep him from coming into play as an unrestricted free agent.
Jake Niall St Kilda has another lost generation on its hands, but this one has built something.
Jake Niall Club says surgery will have no bearing on his ability to play next season.
Jake Niall Modern-day AFL dictates clubs need captains with high credentials, writes Jake Niall.
Jake Niall While other clubs are signing their stars to long-term contracts, St Kilda may have to sacrifice a player.
Jake Niall When Lenny Hayes had a knee reconstruction about this time last year, St Kilda people may not have said it, but the thought bubble that formed instantly was almost universal: That's our season.
Jake Niall Eight months after a knee reconstruction, St Kilda's James Gwilt will return in the VFL.
Jake Niall Twice this season, Melbourne has been close at half-time, only to be blown to pieces in the third quarter..
Jake Niall How do minnows such as North and Port match the AFL's well-nurtured barracudas?
Jake Niall The AFL's stance on moral issues falls flat when it comes to grand final ticketing.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.