Tipperary’s James Woodlock has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.

The 29-year-old midfielder has confirmed he will continue with his club Drom and Inch.

Woodlock began his inter-county career in 2006 and won two Munster titles, one National League title, while he also won one county club championship title.

He missed out on Tipperary's All-Ireland victory in 2010 while recovering from a broken leg sustained in 2009.

"During his long career with Tipperary, James played a massive role for the team through his dynamism and energy and his passion was always unquestionable"

Woodlock said: “It has been a great honour for me to have been part of Tipperary hurling teams at minor, under 21 and senior level but the time has now come for me to announce my retirement from the inter-county scene.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Tipperary senior hurling panel and I am very grateful to the managers who gave me the opportunity to play for the county.

“I also want to thank the players, I have huge admiration for them, greatly enjoyed playing and training with them and have made many valued friendships among them. I would also like to say a sincere thanks to the backroom teams and Tipperary County Board who always provided great assistance and co-operation particularly after I was seriously injured in 2009.

“My club, Drom and Inch, has always been very supportive of me and I want to thank everybody in the club for their great encouragement at all times. Now that my inter-county career is over, I look forward to continuing to play with Drom and Inch. 

“My parents and brothers have also been a great support to me at all times and I want to thank them sincerely. My wife, Michelle, has always been a rock of support and I want to thank her for all the sacrifices she has made in the interests of my hurling career. I look forward to spending more time with her and our daughter Hazel.

“I wish the Tipperary panel the very best of luck for 2016 and beyond."

Meanwhile, the Tipperary County Board added: “Tipperary County Board extends its best wishes to James Woodlock on the announcement of his retirement from the Tipperary senior hurling panel.

“During his long career with Tipperary, James played a massive role for the team through his dynamism and energy and his passion was always unquestionable.

"His strength of character was shown in exemplary fashion when following an horrific injury in 2009 James battled his way to the top of his game in 2011 to assume his customary position.

“That event along with many triumphs in the blue and gold ensured James would always be held in high esteem by his fellow players and management teams.

"He too was instrumental in Tipperary's success's over his career and we are very grateful to James for his long and dedicated service to the county and we wish him all the best for the future.”