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.

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Dees look to Bulldogs veteran

Daniel Cross

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.

Stevens picks Western Bulldogs

Koby Stevens.

Jake Niall West Coast midfielder Koby Stevens has nominated the Western Bulldogs as his preferred club as he seeks a trade back to Victoria.

Bulldogs likely to turn to Goodes

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.

Bulldogs want 'catch-up footy'

Peter Gordon.

Jake Niall The Western Bulldogs have put forward their hopes for creating a more even competition.

Bulldogs push for Templeton fame

Kelvin Templeton.

Jake Niall Western Bulldogs push for Kelvin Templeton to be included in AFL Hall of Fame.

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Brett Deledio set to miss 2-3 weeks

Brett Deledio will be back either in round seven or after the bye in round eight.

Jake Niall Richmond midfield gun Brett Deledio is expected to miss the nexxt 2-3 weeks, meaning he will either return against Geelong in round seven, or wait until after the Tigers have had the bye in round...

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Tigers shirked contests says skipper Trent Cotchin

Trent Cotchin leads Richmond from the field after the Collingwood loss.

Jake Niall Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin has singled out instances when players shirked contests as a factor in the Tigers' disappointing loss to Collingwood, saying that some players ''weren't willing to go''...

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Paradise postponed at Richmond

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Richmond's renaissance has stalled, if not reversed. Paradise has been postponed, or indefinitely cancelled.

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North needs boost beyond Boom times

Jake Niall The notion that the next generation of Kangas would be the difference in a critical, defining game is optimistic. It's like Andrew Demetriou admitting he's stuffed up the fixture. It doesn't happen.

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The Paul Chapman decision

Paul Chapman

Jake Niall Essendon's decision to recruit Paul Chapman involved little agonising.

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Mature-aged rookie Matt Thomas set to debut for Richmond

Matt Thomas

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mature-aged recruit Matt Thomas is almost assured of joining former Blue Shaun Hampson in making his debut for Richmond in the round-one clash on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

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James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.

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Marc Murphy to stay at Carlton for four more years

Marc Murphy

Jake Niall Carlton skipper Marc Murphy is set to sign a four-year contract with the Blues, as the club continues the task of securing its key senior players.

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Matt Finnis tipped for St Kilda CEO job

Matt Finnis.

Jake Niall St Kilda is expected to appoint AFL Players Association boss Matt Finnis as its new chief executive.

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Football budget cap 'inevitable'

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett.

Jake Niall Most of the AFL's powerful clubs view the introduction of a cap on football department spending as a fait accompli.

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Dale Thomas has first hit-out with Blues

Dale Thomas.

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.

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AFL 2014: A higher level

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

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Bombers and Saints keen to entice Longer

Billy Longer

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon and St Kilda have both met uncommitted and out-of-contract Brisbane ruckman in an attempt to persuade him to return to Melbourne.

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Paul Chapman joins Essendon

Paul Chapman

Jake Niall Paul Chapman has become an Essendon player, signing with the Bombers as a free agent. Chapman, 32, will be reunited with his former coach Mark Thompson on an incentive-based deal in which he can earn...

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Melbourne's early deal sparks trade frenzy

Paul Roos

Jake Niall Melbourne's trading of pick No.2 for Greater Western Sydney youngster Dom Tyson was the first of a dramatic sequence of trades on a frenetic Friday.