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 James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.
Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.
Jake Niall Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.
Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.
Jake Niall North Melbourne never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
Jake Niall Carlton's player leadership group have given the all-clear for the club to pursue Collingwood's powerhouse forward Travis Cloke.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
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 will rest skipper Chris Judd for Sunday's game against Greater Western Sydney.
Jake Niall Richmond is tracking Carlton on the path to success, but it will take a lot of patience and hard work.
Jake Niall Kangaroos demolish Carlton in a manner redolent of what the club did in Wayne Carey’s prime.
Jake Niall Sacking the coach rarely gives clubs the immediate reward they are looking for. Take note, Blues.
Jake Niall Carlton will use NAB Cup to trial as many first- and second-year players as possible.
Jake Niall Chris Judd drives Carlton but Jarrad Waite and Michael Jamison are also vital for finals glory.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
Jake Niall Injury concerns are dogging the leading premiership contenders. Hawthorn has joined the club with Max Bailey's wrist problem.
Jake Niall Does Richmond really need to play Carlton in the season's first mega-match?