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.

AFL

Hawks rebuffed bid by Eagles on coach

Jake Niall West Coast formally inquired with Hawthorn about the position of coach Alastair Clarkson three weeks ago and were told that Clarkson was contracted and unavailable.

Elliot Yeo heading for West Coast after Eagles 'create' a second round pick

Carlton's Mitch Robinson chases Brisbane's Elliot Yeo at Etihad Stadium.11 August 2012.

Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions and West Coast have finalised a deal in which out of contract defender Elliot Yeo will join the Eagles in return for a second round draft pick.

Pies survive fright from plucky Eagles

Magpie moments: Dane Swan wins the ball for Collingwood in the match against West Coast at the MCG yesterday.

Jake Niall Collingwood has the great racehorse's knack for finding the a way to win.

Bomber: Dons need to play finals for spirit's sake

Dyson Heppell of the Bombers high-fives fans after the game.

Jake Niall Following his team's courageous come back victory over West Coast, Essendon coach Mark Thompson said his players needed to play finals for their ''spiritual selves'' after enduring another tough year...

The AFL playing field is finding a new level, already reflecting in the ladder

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.

AFL

Only 5 clubs profit without pokies

Illustration: Mick Connolly

Jake Niall Only five AFL clubs made a profit in 2013 without the assistance of poker machines.

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AFL

AFL membership: The 'real' figures for your club

Jamie Cripps of the Eagles celebrates a goal during the round seven AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers.

Jake Niall The West Coast Eagles netted close to $10 million more than all Victorian powers, bar Collingwood, on membership earnings, and had membership profits that were nearly seven times that of the Western...

AFL

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.

Football

Favourite Magpie set to retain spot

Alan Didak

Jake Niall The late-season prodigal return of Alan Didak is set to continue with the forward set to hold his place in Collingwood's 22.

Lions go after Worsfold

Eagles coach John Worsfold

Jake Niall and Brad Elborough The Brisbane Lions have confirmed that they will make a formal approach to John Worsfold to see if the departed West Coast coach is interested in pursuing the Lions' coaching position.

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AFL

Watts set to stay at Melbourne

Jack Watts

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Out-of-contract Melbourne utility expected to stick with Demons.

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AFL

Malthouse joins chase for Everitt

Sydney's Andrejs Everitt

Jake Niall Carlton joins Greater Western Sydney, Sydney and West Coast in pursuit of utility.

AFL

Xavier Ellis to sign with West Coast

Xavier Ellis

Jake Niall Hawthorn's 2008 premiership player will join West Coast as a free-agent signing.

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AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Magpies gain White and pick No. 6

Jesse White of the Swans marks during the first semi-final against Carlton last month.

Jake Niall and Jason Phelan Jesse White will become a Collingwood player as early as Monday.

AFL

Blues close to Docherty deal

In demand: young Lion Patrick Karnezis.

Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Carlton will pick up Brisbane Lions midfielder Sam Docherty for pick 33.

Hawks in pole position

Nic Naitanui.

Jake Niall For the Hawks, their final home-and-away game of 2012 delivered what they wanted.

AFL

What's a player worth? Just give the AFL a call

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Jake Niall Clubs that lose a player to free agency will be able to get an 'indication' of their draft compensation before they decide to match the offer.