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 The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.
Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.
Jake Niall Greater Western Sydney has shown strong interest in recruiting St Kilda defender Sam Fisher, who has been approached by the Giants about a possible move.
Jake Niall Sydney did not swoop on Buddy at the last minute. The Swans don't operate that way.
Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.
Jake Niall Melbourne's trading of pick No.2 for Greater Western Sydney youngster Dom Tyson was the first of a dramatic sequence of trades on a frenetic Friday.
Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.
Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.
Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.
Jake Niall It will become the selection question of preliminary final week should Chris Dawes lose his battle of wounded knee: Who replaces him and supports Darren Jolly?
Jake Niall In the event that Chris Dawes is unable play on Friday night, replacing him will be the Collingwood match committee's most vexing question.
Jake Niall Sydney plans to acquire a player from another club, having space in its salary cap.
Jake Niall Sydney's team of 'no-name' players pulled off a heist of Shakespearean proportions.
Jake Niall Former senior coach calls new law revision "the Nic Naitanui rule".
Jake Niall While other clubs are signing their stars to long-term contracts, St Kilda may have to sacrifice a player.
Jake Niall When the Hawks and Swans meet today one club knows its run to the flag is burdened by AFL fixturing.
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 It's wasn't the deal of the decade, but it is one that keeps on giving.