MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Tomas Bugg, who will be up at the AFL tribunal for striking Callum Mills of Sydney Swans, looks on during a Melbourne Demons AFL training session at Gosch's Paddock on July 3, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Suspended Demon Tomas Bugg has admitted he will need to “earn back the respect” of his teammates after his shocking hit on Swans defender, Callum Mills.

An “embarrassed” Bugg was handed a six week ban at the AFL Tribunal last night.

Following the hearing, Bugg said he had been in contact with Mills since the incident to apologise for the hit.

“I accept full responsibility for my actions,” Bugg said.

“I’m looking forward to working over the next six weeks to win back respect from my club, my players and the wider community.

Bugg said his friendship with teammate Angus Brayshaw who has been the victim of several concussions, had affected him.

“I’m very close with Angus Brayshaw and he’s been through concussions and I see how it affects the family,” Budd added.

Bugg did not give any evidence at the hearing. His counsel chose only to argue the severity of his punishment.

Bugg will be first available for the Demons’ Round 22 clash with Brisbane.