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 In a measure of his rising stature, Geelong rewards defender Harry Taylor with a five-year contract.
Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Sydney hopes reputation for getting a deal done would allow it to secure Kurt Tippett.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Sydney forward Jesse White has flown to Adelaide for a medical screening and looms as a possible cog in the Kurt Tippett trade, which should unfold in the next few days.
Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.
Jake Niall Ben Reid is one of 11 premiership Pies out of contract but is confident the team will stick together.
Jake Niall Hawthorn has players coming back from injury and is well placed to be the 2012 premier.
Jake Niall Western Bulldogs, Melbourne and Greater Western Sydney decide to utilise extra first-round draft picks in 2012.
Jake Niall While other clubs are signing their stars to long-term contracts, St Kilda may have to sacrifice a player.
Jake Niall In 2009, the Hawks acquired two mature players in order to return to the premiership mix.
Jake Niall How do minnows such as North and Port match the AFL's well-nurtured barracudas?
Jake Niall It's wasn't the deal of the decade, but it is one that keeps on giving.