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 Carlton is restructuring its recruiting department on the eve of the 2014 season, having made veteran recruiter Wayne Hughes redundant.
Jake Niall Carlton's prized recruit Dale Thomas has had his first match practice for his new club, completing the majority of an hour-long intra club match at Visy Park on Thursday.
Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Carlton will pick up Brisbane Lions midfielder Sam Docherty for pick 33.
Jake Niall Carlton will part company with defender Nick Duigan in a sudden decision that will leave the club one short on its senior list for 2014.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Club first looks to sort out major priorities such as signing of free agent Dale Thomas.
Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.
Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley adamant his under-performing team will spark.
Jake Niall Carlton secures one of its most critical players, with Lachie Henderson to sign two-year contract.
Jake Niall Carlton coach gives credit to his players for hanging on to defeat a charging North Melbourne.
Jake Niall Carlton fights hard, but it is Geelong that emerges with the points.
Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.
Jake Niall Carlton is set to field one of its strongest teams of the season for Friday night's massive game against a similarly fit Essendon.
Jake Niall Essendon stuns Carlton, coming from behind to snatch a six-point victory.
Jake Niall Key midfielder set to resume earlier than anticipated after recovering from a broken jaw.
Jake Niall The AFL has made two major fixturing calls: Carlton and Richmond have retained their hold on the Thursday night season opener at the MCG next year, while Hawthorn and West Coast will meet on the...
Jake Niall Carlton and North Melbourne have taken turns at burial and resurrection.
Jake Niall Carlton never treated Brett Ratten as a long-term coach. Ratten was on probation for his entire five years and six games as senior coach.
Jake Niall But Tigers and Collingwood deprived of their request for two games in 2013.
Jake Niall If there was a club that seemed made for free agency, it was surely Carlton.
Jake Niall Mick Malthouse will coach with at least three, and possibly four, fewer coaches.