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 The Western Bulldogs are likely to draft Brett Goodes, who has been working as the club's welfare manager, in preference to delisted Bomber Brent Prismall.
Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs have put forward their hopes for creating a more even competition.
Jake Niall West Coast midfielder Koby Stevens has nominated the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club as he seeks a trade back to Victoria.
Jake Niall Western Bulldogs push for Kelvin Templeton to be included in AFL Hall of Fame.
Jake Niall Majak Daw is out of contract and, as yet, there have been no significant talks between North Melbourne and his management.
Jake Niall Gold Coast seeking to retain one of its most established young midfielders, Dion Prestia, who is coming out of contract and is on the radar of some Victorian clubs.
Jake Niall Richmond has signalled confidence in the future of Dustin Martin at the club by instigating contract talks aimed at securing Martin, skipper Trent Cotchin and Coleman medallist Jack Riewoldt in...
Jake Niall Old Dog Brian Lake is learning new tricks as a Hawk, but the evolution is not without its risks.
Jake Niall Carlton gets second win of the season, withstanding a belated challenge from Adelaide.
Jake Niall With so many small games, it's time to resurrect Princes Park.
Jake Niall MCC management suggests that two stadiums do not cover the needs of Victorian AFL clubs.
Jake Niall Hawthorn undecided on picking prize recruit Brian Lake for game against Geelong.
Jake Niall Peter Gordon says AFL has sought ''to cure an incurable problem''.
Jake Niall Sydney paid $1.75million-plus more to its players than three of the competition's most challenged clubs.
Jake Niall and Rohan Connolly Mark Neeld pledges to keep turning players over until he finds those who are ''up for the fight''.
Jake Niall Nathan Buckley asks AFL to allow teams extra interchanges on extremely hot days.
Jake Niall The AFL will tackle Aboriginal participation at a meeting on Friday.
Jake Niall AFL tells Brisbane and GWS that they have no room in salary caps to accommodate forward.
Jake Niall The Cats have backed the notion of giving more to the financially weaker clubs.
Jake Niall Collingwood records unprecedented profit of $7.83 million, making it easily most profitable club in competition this year.