Thanks for the advice. Looking at the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) work permit documentation it looks as though this is intended for persons at the highest level in their sport i.e. a £ 30 million footballer coming from South America.....!! not I fear for a young, decent footballer wishing to play for a club at Step 4 level. I presume therefore he will just have to apply for a standard work permit. What about a visa? is that also covered by the work permit?
So what you are saying is that he has to follow the procedure to try and aquire a visa/work permit, and he can only do this through the British Consul in Tirana.