Kaitlyn Ashmore joins AFLW newcomer Kangaroos

Kaitlyn Ashmore is set to play for AFLW expansion club North Melbourne in season 2019.

Ashmore, from Ballarat, is understood to have joined the Kangaroos from the Brisbane Lions, where she played for the first two seasons of the women’s competition.

During that time, the 26-year-old played 16 games for the club and was part of back-to-back losing grand finals.

Brisbane Lions women’s chief executive Breanna Brock expressed her disappointment of losing Ashmore on the club’s website.

“Kaitlyn has been a part of this club since day one, and we have been in contact with her since the end of the season and made every effort to keep her. It’s very disappointing to lose Kaitlyn,” Brock told lions.com.au.

“North Melbourne so aggressively targeting our players is a testament to what we have established up here. Having played in consecutive grand finals, it is clear Craig Starcevich and his assistants have built a system that gets the most out of its players.

“While it’s disappointing to lose a player of Kaitlyn’s ability, we look forward to welcoming and developing the next group of Lions players who are committed to our culture and improving every day.”

Ashmore is set to join Trentham’s Jenna Bruton at North Melbourne.

Bruton, who played football in Ballarat with Golden Point, made the move to the Kangaroos following the premiership-winning season with the Western Bulldogs in 2018.

That was her first year in the AFLW system after being drafted to the club in late 2017.