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NewsKevin Perry

Award winning sports journalist Jake Niall looks set to transition from print to television when he joins the team at Fox Footy this season.

Although its yet to be officially confirmed, this website understands Niall has been recruited by the dedicated AFL channel to help boost its news coverage. Fox Footy is believed to be considering giving Niall his own midweek football analysis program; he may also contribute to On The Couch, which has not had a journalist in its cast line-up since the departure of Mike Sheahan

Niall has been widely regarded as providing some of the best and most insightful coverage of Essendon Drug Saga. His arrival at Fox Footy will certainly provide a different set of opinions from those offered by AFL360 host Mark Robinson.

A spokesperson for Fox Sports today declined to confirm or deny they had hired Niall.

Jake Niall has been with The Age Newspaper since 1995. It is understood he will depart Fairfax to take the role at the News Corp owned Fox Footy.

Throughout his career he 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, and in 2013 he shared a Walkley award with colleagues Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson and John Silvester, for their coverage of the Essendon scandal.