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.

Swans assistant pitches for Essendon coaching role during Hird’s ban

Leigh Tudor

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.

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Tippett set to step straight in for Swans

Kurt Tippett

Jake Niall Sydney coach confirms Kurt Tippett is 'a strong chance' to go straight into the senior team.

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Spoiling the spoiler: The Swans' big task

Hawthorn's Josh Gibson

Jake Niall Josh Gibson is always a fistful, and Sydney needs a plan.

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Swans have room for recruit

Crows forward Kurt Tippett.

Jake Niall Sydney plans to acquire a player from another club, having space in its salary cap.

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Swans firm for Tippett: rivals

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.

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Swans paid $1.75m more than have-nots

Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh.

Jake Niall Sydney paid $1.75million-plus more to its players than three of the competition's most challenged clubs.

Swans fail the test

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JAKE NIALL and JON PIERIK SYDNEY'S once-promising premiership hopes have fallen in the past fortnight – their losses to Adelaide and the Tigers a sobering reminder they are vulnerable whenever they don't produce manic...

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How much losing can Nathan Jones bear?

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall The Melbourne Football Club is a good place to consider futile labor and the concept of pushing a boulder up a hill.

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James Frawley can walk away from Demons

Free to roam: James Frawley.

Jake Niall James Frawley can cross to the club of his choice if he wishes, without Melbourne being able to match a rival offer.

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Nathan Buckley left with tough questions

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Jake Niall There had been talk that Freo had ‘‘earned’’ the right to open the season against the heavily supported black and whites.

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Sydney's stealth tactics are no longer new

Jake Niall The Swans' days of creeping up on the competition to snare flags and star players are over.

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AFL 2014: A higher level

Jake Niall Expect to see equalisation kick in during 2014, giving every club at least a glimmer of hope.

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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.

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Players in call for single cap

AFL Players' Association chief Matt Finnis.

Jake Niall There would be only a ''single'' cap on football department spending, but no limit on the share that could be spent on player payments under a radical proposal made by the AFL players.

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Ireland open to single cap

Andrew Ireland says he has not reached the stage of saying the

Jake Niall Sydney chief executive says concept of a single cap on football spending is worth considering.

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A bridge too far?

Jake Niall dinkus

Jake Niall The success of Franklin in Sydney will be measured in more than just wins and losses.

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Podsiadly becomes a Crow

James Podsiadly

Jake Niall Geelong's 2011 premiership key forward James Podsiadly is set to be confirmed as an Adelaide player as soon as today.

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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.

AFL

Sydney's Buddy big problem

Lance Franklin (Thumbnail)

Jake Niall It's 2020 and Lance Franklin's massive contract is causing the Swans a few headaches.

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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.