Effective on Wednesday, Matt Steinmetz will leave his position as Warriors Insider on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz has been a fixture on CSN Bay Area’s television coverage of the Warriors, and has been the only person to fill the “Insider” role covering the Golden State beat since the network rebranded back in 2008.

While Steinmetz will still be seen on a limited number of pre- and post-game shows and continue to write for the website, he’ll serve as a freelancer and not as a full-time employee.

Steinmetz, who recently became a full-time radio talk show host for 95.7 FM “The Game,” is happy with the move.

“I’ve been covering in one way or another this team for coming up on 20 years and need a change,” Steinmetz wrote in an email. “And this job should be done by someone young and hungry who is totally into it.”

Steinmetz has covered the Warriors for the Contra Costa Times, Examiner.com and AOL Fanhouse. He became CSNBA’s Warriors Insider in December of 2009.

CSN Bay Area will look to find a new Warriors Insider to replace Steinmetz, although there’s no word on who they might choose. Ric Bucher was recently brought on as an “NBA Insider,” but he’ll remain in that role for the foreseeable future. Jimmy Spencer wrote about the Warriors’ recent win over the Wizards.

Only two beat writers currently travel with the Golden State Warriors on a regular basis: Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle and BANG’s Marcus Thompson II. With the team surging to a surprising 14-7 record and interest starting to pick up, CSNBA would probably like to install a full-time Warriors Insider by the time the San Francisco 49ers’ season ends. With the NHL currently in limbo, the Warriors could be the only major professional franchise in the area playing games that matter through March.