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 Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.
Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.
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 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 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 Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.
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.