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 Hawthorn's 2008 premiership player will join West Coast as a free-agent signing.
Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.
Jake Niall .Existing AFL clubs could yet win big as the Giants youngsters get homesick.
Jake Niall Young Melbourne players unable to raise themselves for sombre season's opener.
Jake Niall On the weekend, Melbourne was 108 points adrift of a powerful Eagles team. In 2008, the margin was only one game.
Jake Niall Twice this season, Melbourne has been close at half-time, only to be blown to pieces in the third quarter..
Jake Niall Whenever Geelong meets Melbourne at ''the cricket ground'', there's an old world vibe.
Jake Niall In 2009, the Hawks acquired two mature players in order to return to the premiership mix.
Jake Niall Richmond's 2012 revival seems more authentic than its previous soufflé-like rises.
JAKE NIALL and JON PIERIK SYDNEY'S once-promising premiership hopes have fallen in the past fortnight – their losses to Adelaide and the Tigers a sobering reminder they are vulnerable whenever they don't produce manic...
Jake Niall Melbourne and the Bulldogs among the clubs to have expressed interest in the key forward.
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 and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.