Manly aren't quite flying under the radar with Des Hasler back in charge but they are "away in the background building quietly", according to the veteran NRL coach.
The Sea Eagles made it three straight wins with their 24-16 victory over Newcastle on Saturday night, keeping themselves entrenched in the league's top eight.
Tipped to come closer to the spoon than the finals at the start of the year, Manly now have wins over the Warriors, South Sydney and the Knights before their Easter Saturday clash with St George Illawarra.
"It's good for their confidence. We're just sort of just away in the background just building quietly," Hasler said.
"It's only round five. It's a bit early (to talk about how far Manly have come). We've got a long way to go. We're still building but we're thereabouts. We're in amongst it."
Asked if being tucked away in the background was similar to flying "under the radar", Hasler didn't want to revert back to the same catchphrase he made famous during his last golden era at Manly.
"Nowhere near it," Hasler responded.
"I just think given our start, we were probably in a position to win one of those games.
"It's just nice to get a little momentum and to pick up three wins is important. At some stage the Origin will come along."
What would have pleased Hasler most was the all-round performance of the Sea Eagles on Saturday night.
Brendan Elliot was solid at the back deputising for Tom Trbojevic, Kane Elgey had arguably his best game for the club at No.6 and middle forwards Addin Fonua-Blake, Martin Taupau and Jake Trbojevic were all dominant.
Captain Daly Cherry-Evans also continues to be dangerous in attack even without his regular No.1, continuing on the way he played in 2018 but in a far better performing team.
"We came second last last year, so that as an expectation from our club is never good enough," Cherry-Evans said.
"Everyone is always demanding for their side to be top eight, it doesn't matter who you play for.
"It's too early to judge our season but it's great to be where we are at the moment with still so much improvement left in us."
Australian Associated Press