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 There is a former Melbourne player who deserves consideration as a serious candidate to receive the coaching baton from Paul Roos.
Jake Niall At the 10-minute mark of first quarter, Melbourne trailed Port Adelaide by four goals to nil. In their recent past life, this beginning would have ensured an awful beating for the Demons.
Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.
Jake Niall Melbourne is selling picks to gain players, the Saints are selling players to gain picks.
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.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Bernie Vince on the cusp of signing a lucrative long-term deal to join Melbourne.
Jake Niall Melbourne has secured young GWS midfielder Dom Tyson in a blockbuster swap for its pick number 2.
Jake Niall Melbourne is set to confirm the reappointment of chief executive Cameron Schwab at the club's board meeting on Monday night.
Jake Niall Melbourne's massive turnover will see the Demons field a radically revamped team for round one.
Jake Niall The question will be asked again in the coming days of why the Demons are so dismal.
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.
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...
Jake Niall Melbourne is the club that would benefit most from hiring the seasoned Geoff Walsh.
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...
Jake Niall Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says he intends to play the talented youngster forward.
Jake Niall On the weekend, Melbourne was 108 points adrift of a powerful Eagles team. In 2008, the margin was only one game.
Jake Niall Melbourne and the Bulldogs among the clubs to have expressed interest in the key forward.
Jake Niall In years past, a round 20 game between two near bottom teams would be watched for unusual selections and experimental placements.
Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.
Jake Niall An item advertised as Melbourne's famous 1948 premiership flag has been put on sale on eBay, in a development that is being investigated by the police and the AFL.