Manly insist Sea Eagles' culture on the up

Scott Bailey

Manly forward Joel Thompson insists Manly's culture is on the up, despite revelations rookie hooker Manase Fainu is due to return to court next month for intentionally recording an intimate image without consent.

Fainu is on Tuesday expected to be named in the Sea Eagles' squad to face Melbourne this weekend, despite handing the club another black eye in a year Thompson admits has become a nightmare.

"We've got a good group here," said Thompson. "These things happen, you learn from them, that's how you move forward. We've got to do that and keep improving ourselves as a team and a club and we are."