Collingwood AFLW’s original marquee player, Mo Hope, is set to walk out on the Pies to join the new North Melbourne team next season.
North Melbourne are set to join the AFLW competition in 2019 and they have heavily targeted Hope as a key signing for their maiden season.
Hope was Collingwood’s first AFLW signing back in 2016 but hasn’t reached the potential that was seen in previous exhibition matches.
The 30-year-old was the first player in the VFL Women’s to kick 100 goals in a season in 2016 which was why she was so highly sought out for the AFLW.
It is believed that Collingwood have put forward an offer to Hope for the 2019 season but she has not informed them of her plans for her career going forward.
North Melbourne have already signed Emma Kearney who was previously at the Western Bulldogs and is the reigning AFLW best and fairest winner.
Hope, who believed to be close with Kearney, is one of several Magpies rumoured to be leaving the club.
Jasmine Garner, Emma King and Jess Duffin, who is also said to be close friends with Kearney, have also been linked to North Melbourne.
The two expansion clubs joining the AFLW next season do not need to offer anything in return to opposition clubs for sought out players however the AFL has the right to veto certain recruitment moves.
The official AFLW player movement period opens on Friday.