Jake Niall

Jake Niall

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.

AFL

Richmond a good fit for Frawley

Jake Niall No sooner had James Frawley's management confirmed that he had put contract talks with the Demons on hold to ascertain ''the direction of the club,'' rival clubs and others within the AFL realm began...

Port to update Boak on coach

Travis Boak

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.

Tigers target Knights

Chris Knights.

Jake Niall Richmond favoured to become club of choice for Adelaide's free-agent forward.

Williams quits, eyes Tigers

Mark Williams.

Andrew Wu and Jake Niall Big week of re-signings at Greater Western Sydney ends with departure of Mark Williams.

Out of the hole

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Jake Niall It was no groundhog year for the Tigers who appear to be a club escaping the shadows of the past.

Magpies consider young Giant for ruck role

Jonathan Giles

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.

AFL

St Kilda's turn to go shopping

Josh Caddy.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall St Kilda will make a bid for Gold Coast's Josh Caddy and West Coast defender Mitch Brown in a effort to turn loss into gain.

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The journey

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Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.

Port, Collingwood vie for Young's attention

Clinton Young.

Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.

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AFL

Adelaide checks out White

Sydney's Jesse White.

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.

Football

Tigers on prowl for North forward Edwards

Aaron Edwards.

Jake Niall Richmond is a strongly considering acquiring out-of-contract North Melbourne forward Aaron Edwards.

Fairytale for Blue unlikely

Carlton's Sam Rowe

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Troy Chaplin only newcomer certain to play for Richmond against the Blues.

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Tigers avoid an opening disaster

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Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.

AFL

Pies look to refresh for Anzac clash

Tyson Goldsack.

Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.

Almost perfect, says delighted Hird

Essendon coach James Hird offers a word of advice to his team at quarter-time.

Greg Baum and Jake Niall Upbeat coach hails Essendon's defensive effort against Sydney as best of year.

AFL

Jobe slaughters Tigers

Gotcha: Jobe Watson stops Tiger Brett Deledio in his tracks.

Jake Niall Tigers slaughtered by Essendon's superior ball usage and defensive skills.

Chaplin courted by rival clubs

Troy Chaplin being pursued by Drew Petrie, June 2011.

Jake Niall Four or five clubs, including St Kilda and Richmond, have shown interest in Port Adelaide free agent and key defender Troy Chaplin.