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.
Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have requested $3 million from the AFL to enable them to fund their football operations and shore up their troubled finances.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief.
Jake Niall Some games are decided in the opening 15 or 20 minutes. Hawthorn's pre-season opener against the Lions was rendered a training drill when the teams were selected.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions are set to post a loss of more than $2 million for the 2012 year.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions need Paul Roos to coach them more than the Dees do.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have asked the AFL for financial help to enable the club to pay 100 per cent of the salary cap from next year.
Jake Niall The majority of the Brisbane Lions' board still wanted to retain Michael Voss until six weeks ago, according to club chairman Angus Johnson.
Jake Niall Alastair Lynch believes his close friend Paul Roos unlikely to take on Lions job.
Jake Niall Brisbane Lions will interview Melbourne caretaker coach for coaching position this week.
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.
Jake Niall Essendon's in-demand ruckman Paddy Ryder is set to meet Greater Western Sydney officials over the weekend, as the player weighs up his preferred club.
Jake Niall Geelong coach Chris Scott said that despite the defeat, the Cats had taken a step forward prior to the finals.
Jake Niall The AFL is looking at overhauling the father-son draft rules.
Jake Niall The Brisbane Lions have appointed former Carlton and Collingwood chief executive Greg Swann as the club's new chief executive.
Jake Niall If the AFL is living through the worst of times, it is also entering the best of times.
Jake Niall The ''Gaelic football rule'' that means a player cannot grab the ball if he is on the ground received some support from AFL coaches who met over dinner with AFL bosses Gillon McLachlan and Mike...
Jake Niall Hawthorn has faced tough choices in the past: Glenferrie or Waverley, an untried Alastair Clarkson or a seasoned Gary Ayres, Tasmania or Melbourne only.
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...