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 Brave Port Adelaide gives it everything but eventually Geelong's finals experience proves the difference.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide provides the second upset of the day, disposing of Collingwood.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Geelong joins Essendon and other Victorian clubs in race for Gold Coast youngster.
Jake Niall Essendon well-positioned to snare the All-Australian if he opts to leave the Saints.
Jake Niall Free agency could bring players to Essendon as the club looks to a brighter future.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide will keep Travis Boak in the loop on the coaching appointment, as the club seeks to re-sign the out-of-contract midfielder while searching for Matthew Primus' long-term replacement.
Jake Niall Collingwood midfielder has all but agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension.
Jake Niall Talented Port Adelaide midfielder will consider his future when he returns home to Victoria during bye weekend.
Jake Niall There is a way for Travis Boak to become a Cat should he leave Port and ask to be traded to Geelong.
Jake Niall The AFL expresses concern about the possible erosion of football's culture in which players do not reveal they are heading to another club until the season is ended.
Jake Niall Four or five clubs, including St Kilda and Richmond, have shown interest in Port Adelaide free agent and key defender Troy Chaplin.