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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Magpies offer Ben Reid a four-year deal

Wanted man: Collingwood star Ben Reid.

Jake Niall Collingwood moves to secure Ben Reid from the free agency marketplace.

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.

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Magpies eye outside growth to boost membership numbers

Collingwood logo

Jake Niall Collingwood crosses 60,000-member mark for 2014 season two weeks before Christmas.

Magpies' joy tempered by setbacks

Nathan Buckley.

Jake Niall Collingwood's gritty come-from-behind upset of Geelong has been tempered by an apparent setback for injured gun midfielder Dayne Beams and a report on ruckman Darren Jolly for a high bump.

Magpies consider young Giant for ruck role

Jonathan Giles

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.

Not hot air: Magpies prove benefits of altitude training

The Pies in Arizona in 2011: (from left) sport science director David Buttifant, Darren Jolly, Nathan Brown, Dane Swan and Brent Macaffer.

Jake Niall As with man-induced global warming, altitude training has believers and sceptics.

Sport in Crisis

Magpies in the clear: McGuire

Sherrin

Jake Niall Collingwood instigates audit of supplements taken by players in wake of Essendon's investigation.

Magpies rule out Arizona return

The Pies in Arizona last year: (from left) sport science director David Buttifant, Darren Jolly, Nathan Brown, Dane Swan and Brent Macaffer.

Jake Niall Possibility of another trip to assist a small group of players not on agenda.

Magpies ruckman blasts 'stupid' two and two system

Collingwood ruckman Darren Jolly

Jake Niall Darren Jolly describes use of two substitutes and two interchanges as ''bloody stupid''.

AFL

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...

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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Grundy, Reid agree to terms with Pies

Jake Niall Collingwood has secured two of its key players - Brodie Grundy and Ben Reid - on long-term contracts.

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Collingwood in the age of the Buckley evolution

Nathan Buckley

Jake Niall Into his third year as coach, Nathan Buckley is ready to be a premiership contender.

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Scott Pendlebury confirmed as Collingwood's new captain

Scott Pendlebury

Jake Niall Collingwood has confirmed that raging hot favourite Scott Pendlebury is the new captain of the club.

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Pie Marley set to return

On the burst: Collingwood's Marley Williams in action last season.

Jake Niall Collingwood plans to bring back Marley Williams for Sunday's game against Gold Coast.

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Collingwood needs Marley Williams, but it might not be their call

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall When Marley Williams was charged following an altercation in an Albany nightclub in December 2012, he was a six-game player who had been promoted from the rookie list.

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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.

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.

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Coalition of the ready and able

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall The AFL is seeking a better relationship with this Liberal regime than it had with the last one.

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Walsh departure 'nothing sinister'

Geoff Walsh.

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says there is nothing 'strange' about the timing of Geoff Walsh's departure.