“We are supportive of Daria’s decision to take up this opportunity and we wish her all the best in the future,” said Bulldogs’ General Manager of Women’s Football, Debbie Lee.

“Daria is originally from Tasmania, which has an alignment with North Melbourne through the AFL talent development program, and in making this decision it will allow her to spend more time with her family in her home state,” she added.

Bannister was drafted to the Bulldogs in the National Draft last year, but suffered an ACL injury in the opening round last season.

At the moment, it is not confirmed if she will be fit to play round one next season.

She becomes the third Bulldogs player to make the move to the Kangaroos.

Bannister joins former Bulldogs teammates Jenna Bruton and Emma Kearney at the Kangaroos after officially being announced this afternoon.

Bruton and Kearney along with seven other players were announced after the AFL received paperwork at 5pm today.

Only four players from any one club can transfer to the expansion clubs, unless agreed by the clubs and the AFL.