Shane Mumford hand passes during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL training session at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on September 6, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Mumford apologises following Franklin sledge

GWS ruckman Shane Mumford has spoken to Lance Franklin following his sledge about the Sydney star’s mental health on the weekend.

Mumford told the Giants’ website that he called Franklin on Tuesday to apologise for his comments.

“I gave Lance a call before in relation to my comments on the weekend and just gave him a phone call to apologise,” Mumford said.

“He’s (Franklin) taken my apology on board, obviously with┬ámental health being such a serious issue, (it)…wasn’t a good choice of word by me, but…he’s happy to move forward from where we are now and focus on our relevant games in the coming weeks.”

Mumford is believed to have┬ásaid to Franklin during the Giants’ win over the Swans, it is “good to see you’re not on holidays this year”, making reference to the Sydney star’s leave of absence during the finals series last year as he dealt with mental health issues.

The Swans face Adelaide at the SCG on Saturday night, while the Giants have the week off before facing either the Bulldogs or the Hawks in the preliminary final.