Jake Niall is a senior sports writer at The Age, specialising in AFL football. Jake joined The Age in 1998, having previously worked as a sports writer on The Sunday Age. He writes a blend of news, feature articles and a weekly column during the football season. Before joining The Sunday Age, Jake was a freelance reporter in the US and a regular contributor to The Sunday Age and The Age from Los Angeles, covering diverse areas like politics, earthquakes, celebrity trials and American sport. Jake ghost wrote the autobiography (‘Collingwood and Me’, 1991) of champion Collingwood footballer Peter Daicos. While he writes primarily about the AFL, he spends the month of January covering tennis, especially the Australian Open. In 2008, Jake won the Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards' Best Sports Story in any medium for his profile piece on David Schwarz.
Jake Niall Collingwood crosses 60,000-member mark for 2014 season two weeks before Christmas.
Jake Niall and Jason Phelan Jesse White will become a Collingwood player as early as Monday.
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.
Sport in Crisis
Jake Niall Collingwood instigates audit of supplements taken by players in wake of Essendon's investigation.
Jake Niall As with man-induced global warming, altitude training has believers and sceptics.
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.
Jake Niall Darren Jolly describes use of two substitutes and two interchanges as ''bloody stupid''.
Jake Niall Possibility of another trip to assist a small group of players not on agenda.
Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Bernie Vince on the cusp of signing a lucrative long-term deal to join Melbourne.
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.
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.
Jake Niall The AFL is seeking a better relationship with this Liberal regime than it had with the last one.
Jake Niall Over the coming months, thousands of kids will be peeling the No.23 off their Hawthorn guernseys, due to the loss of their best Buddy.
Jake Niall Collingwood's iconic star Dale Thomas will announce his wish to join Carlton as a free agent, with the Blues set to secure him on a four-year deal worth close to $700,000 a season.
Jake Niall Sydney Swans assistant coach Leigh Tudor remains in the running to coach Essendon next season after making a presentation to the club board on Monday.
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.
Jake Niall The Blues need to be bold at the trade table if they are to go from pretenders to contenders under Mick Malthouse.
Jake Niall Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley adamant his under-performing team will spark.
Jake Niall Port Adelaide provides the second upset of the day, disposing of Collingwood.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert says there is nothing 'strange' about the timing of Geoff Walsh's departure.