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 Decored Western Bulldogs veteran and former captain Matthew Boyd is set to play on in 2015, having been offered a new contract by the club.
Jake Niall Melbourne has confirmed its interest in recruiting decorated former Western Bulldog Daniel Cross, as new coach Paul Roos seeks to add experience to the club's struggling midfield.
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 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 Western Bulldogs push for Kelvin Templeton to be included in AFL Hall of Fame.
Jake Niall Every week, a group of St Kilda officials gather in a window-less room in the football department which has become known to all as "The War Room".
Jake Niall When the word passed around that Jonathan Patton had gone down with a second knee injury, there wasn't only movement at the station near Sydney's Olympic Park, where the Giants reside.
Jake Niall Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his team will have to improve to go far in the finals.
Jake Niall and Daniel Cherny Hawthorn has broken new ground by becoming the first club to use remote control ''drones'' to fly over Waverley Park at training.
Jake Niall The AFL is looking at overhauling the father-son draft rules.
Jake Niall Season 2014 has been blighted by the fall-out from two failed experiments. One, obviously, is Essendon's pharmacological foray The other, less reckless but still costly ''experiment'', was the AFL's...
Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.
Jake Niall A move to Fremantle might be a career saver for Jarrad Waite.
Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs interested in out of contract Giants key defender.
Jake Niall There is a former Melbourne player who deserves consideration as a serious candidate to receive the coaching baton from Paul Roos.
Samantha Lane, Jake Niall A total of 34 notices will be issued to players, querying the use of the peptide thymosin.
Jake Niall To comprehend the dimensions of the tidal wave that is approaching Victorian clubs, consider this question: Which four or five clubs would be most confident of winning a premiership within the next...
Jake Niall The poor win. The middle grumble about taxes. The rich remain so. The players get a fairer shake.
Jake Niall The AFL salary cap for players will have a larger increase next year, and in 2016, but clubs will not have to pay 100 per cent of their player payments, under the AFL's new deal and equalisation...