The inaugural Brisbane Lions forward was drafted as a priority signing in the 2016 AFLW draft.

Lions Women's CEO Breanna Brock was not to pleased with the Kangaroos intentions during the Expansion Signing Period having taken maximum players from the two-time Grand Finalist.

“North Melbourne so aggressively targeting our players is a testament to what we have established up here," she said.

"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,” Brock said.

The Kangaroos are yet to announce the 26-year-old as an official signing as paperwork has not been formally lodged by the club as of 5pm this afternoon.

However, Ashmore becomes the fourth player to depart the Lions after Jamie Stanton, Brittany Gibson and Tahlia Randall have all signed with North Melbourne.