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 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...
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 Richmond favoured to become club of choice for Adelaide's free-agent forward.
Andrew Wu and Jake Niall Big week of re-signings at Greater Western Sydney ends with departure of Mark Williams.
Jake Niall It was no groundhog year for the Tigers who appear to be a club escaping the shadows of the past.
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.
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.
Jake Niall Free agency is changing the AFL trading road map, it could be a difficult path for some.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide joins Collingwood in the contest for Hawthorn's Clinton Young.
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.
Jake Niall Richmond is a strongly considering acquiring out-of-contract North Melbourne forward Aaron Edwards.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Troy Chaplin only newcomer certain to play for Richmond against the Blues.
Jake Niall Thursday night's outcome wasn't a case of paradise lost for Carlton, rather, a catastrophe averted for Richmond.
Jake Niall Collingwood will consider freshening up its team for the Anzac Day clash.
Greg Baum and Jake Niall Upbeat coach hails Essendon's defensive effort against Sydney as best of year.
Jake Niall Tigers slaughtered by Essendon's superior ball usage and defensive skills.
Jake Niall Four or five clubs, including St Kilda and Richmond, have shown interest in Port Adelaide free agent and key defender Troy Chaplin.