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 Fans may fancy the Hawks, Pies, Swans and Crows, but it's the Eagles who could take flight this season.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's decision on his future will take up a lot of Hawthorn's time and energy.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall How many of the players who've just changed clubs represent big deals?
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Clinton Young faces a choice between remaining at Hawthorn or joining Collingwood.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.
Jake Niall Essendon's bid for Brendon Goddard has left the future of several Bombers uncertain.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.
Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.
Jake Niall It is clear that Collingwood's past two Brownlow medallists diverge in their approaches to football.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.
Jake Niall Lance Franklin's impact on the game continues to grow, but who is he and what shaped the AFL superstar?
Jake Niall There's a sense that tomorrow's Geelong-Collingwood clash is no grand final rematch.
Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.
Jake Niall Collingwood has taken a decisive step in the Travis Cloke contractual saga, putting contract talks on hold until the end of the 2012 season.
Jake Niall Not worried about losing important players to rival clubs in first year of free agency system.