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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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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Defender James Frawley puts contract talks with Melbourne Demons on hold

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Melbourne key defender James Frawley, one of the league's most attractive free agents, has put contract talks on hold until he sees 'the direction of the club' in 2014.

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Blockbuster trade: Demons part with No.2 pick in Dom Tyson deal

Dom Tyson

Jake Niall Melbourne has secured young GWS midfielder Dom Tyson in a blockbuster swap for its pick number 2.

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Saints and Demons head for heaven or hell

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Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.

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Demons zero in on Crow Vince

Bernie Vince

Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Bernie Vince on the cusp of signing a lucrative long-term deal to join Melbourne.

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Demons match Hawthorn for football spending

Cash

Jake Niall When player payments are discounted, 17th placed Melbourne is spending a similar amount on its football department this season as the premiership favourite and top team Hawthorn.

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Demons must get experienced Pie chief

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Jake Niall Melbourne is the club that would benefit most from hiring the seasoned Geoff Walsh.

Craig cagey over Demons role

Neil Craig

Jake Niall Melbourne caretaker coach Neil Craig remains coy about his interest in the position, saying the club had to reveal the type of coach it wanted and that he would give his ''absolute best'' for the...

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Demons in purgatory

Future unclear: Brent Moloney.

Jake Niall Melbourne takes the radical step of putting contract discussions with 11 players on hold until mid-October, as the club delays decisions on players' futures until it has entered the free agency and...

Schwab set to stay on with Demons

Cameron Schwab

Jake Niall Melbourne is set to confirm the reappointment of chief executive Cameron Schwab at the club's board meeting on Monday night.

Up to eight new Demons for opening round

Melbourne's Shannon Byrnes and Jack Viney.

Jake Niall Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.

No tanks, but a flogging for the Demons

Fans vent their anger as Melbourne players walk back after losing to Essendon.

Jake Niall The question will be asked again in the coming days of why the Demons are so dismal.

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Dogs, Demons in hunt for Cloke

Wanted: Travis Cloke.

Jake Niall Melbourne and the Bulldogs among the clubs to have expressed interest in the key forward.

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Watts moving forward in Demons reshuffle

Jack Watts and marking over Nathan Lovett-Murray last season.

Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.

Demons' recruiters beaten by the press

MCJ 4th Apr 2012
Melbourne Football Club Mark Neeld speaks to media about the  Davey Mifsud affair before training.
The Age/Sport, Picture Michael Clayton-Jones AAMI Park,

Jake Niall On the weekend, Melbourne was 108 points adrift of a powerful Eagles team. In 2008, the margin was only one game.

Coaches cost AFL clubs $5m-$6m in payouts

Former Carlton coach Brett Ratten.

Jake Niall AFL clubs spent between $5 million and $6 million on payouts to sacked coaches over the past four seasons.

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Carlton better to lose Gibbs than overpay him

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Jake Niall Bryce Gibbs is quite entitled to run his ruler over Carlton's offer and drafting strategy before deciding whether to stay.

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How much losing can Nathan Jones bear?

Jake Niall The Melbourne Football Club is a good place to consider futile labor and the concept of pushing a boulder up a hill.

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What's next for Jack Watts?

AFL Melbourne football club training session.Jack Watts 20th of March 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Jake Niall He's 196cm, can run like a gazelle and kicks the ball beautifully. Yet, Jack Watts somehow became the poster boy for the failure of the Melbourne Football Club since he was drafted in 2008.

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Top four is easy to predict except for one

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Jake Niall Sydney, Hawthorn and Fremantle are everyone's box trifecta but the fourth estate is having great difficulty in ranking the fourth team of 2014.

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